Encoding Dylan

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Ever wonder what Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" would look like overlaid with electronic text markup? Well, wonder no more!

(Source text here.)

This comes to us from the University of Victoria's Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory, which is active in the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium. ETCL director Ray Siemens announced the Dylan video on the TEI mailing list and on a new blog devoted to TEI video widgets:

At the last gathering of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium, in Maryland, a few of us were discussing the ways in which TEI has eluded some specific types of social-cultural representation that are especially current today . . . things like an avatar, or something that could manifest itself as a youtube posting. A quick search of youtube did reveal a significant and strong presence of sorts, but it was that of Tei the Korean pop singer (pronounced, we're told, 'tay'); so, our quest began there, setting out modestly to create a video widget that would balance T-E-I and Tei in the youtube world.
Credit for the inspiration of this goes to Julia Flanders, Harold Short, and John Unsworth, but they bear no blame for the initial manifestation. That goes to Cara Leitch, Karin Armstrong, Dot Porter, Liam Sherriff, and me – for better or worse.

(Hat tip, Orion Montoya.)

[Ronnie Brown says: "Geekiest video ever. No exceptions."]


  1. ...tom... said,

    October 1, 2008 @ 10:22 pm


    they get one 'challenging' comment at youtube and they shut down the comments.

    Too funny.


  2. Eleanor (undeadgoat) said,

    October 2, 2008 @ 12:57 am

    But don't they know that the only way to make a YouTube comment go away is to let more people post inane things above it? Geez, they're YouTube comments, they should be proud they got someone to say something else, rather than "LOL wut this isnt tei do dylan i dunt get it" or something.

  3. songanddanceman said,

    October 2, 2008 @ 9:48 am

    i wonder what they'd do to the jokerman promo?

  4. Ray said,

    October 2, 2008 @ 10:29 am

    Hi folks — Love the comments. I contacted youtube, who said they temporarily suspending commenting last night during maintenance, but all is working well again . . . .

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