ENG287 – March 6 , 2013 Instructor – A. Hammond
Born-Digital Fiction: The Practical Side
Dash Shaw’s BodyWorld
Printing digital removes some of the steps that have to take place in order to have a book in print. It also
keeps the writer in contact with the work for longer. With the printed process, the writer creates the work
and submits it and then someone/a group of people who aren't the author take the work through the other
processes. Publishing digital puts the author back in control of their work. They are a part of the work
from start to finish.
Reasons BodyWorld is printed online: censorship - a boldness that says 'I am publishing this myself'
reasserting control over his works,
BodyWorld, although set in 2060, is a book about the digital present.
Theme of BodyWorld - Ch. 10, panel with Jem and the blackboard. Groupthink - negative view of the
collective mind. Super organism - collective as a group is most important. More about the gains for
everyone. This is positive. Both talk about the same thing but with different connotations. Grid-think.
Significance of the map - bney borough is an example of group think. Its all about where you are in the
map. People are just a position in society. The residents think of themselves as less than a