Subject: Re: question about a word
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 10:08:39 -0400
From: Jay David Bolter

Hi Joellyn -

It's a pleasure to hear from you.

As for the word "refashion" -- frankly it was not chosen very
deliberately. I was using it as an alternative for remediation simple
in the sense of "remaking." Actually, I like the word, which suggests
to me the physical act of making. It doesn't play down the role of
the designer. However, I have been made aware of the fact that
designers may be sensitive to the word because it might suggest to
them the fashion industry. So I am trying to use the word less often
in subsequent writings.


you wrote:

>I am reading your book Writing Space (and quoting it) in my thesis work,
>which involves designing for new media / narrative. I wonder if you
>might answer a question for me...
>You use the word "refashioning" very deliberately in the book, in places
>where one might substitute the word designing or redesigning. As it is
>my job to discuss the role of design and the designer, I am curious
>about how you settled on the term refashioning. It seems in some ways to
>down play the potential role of the designer. When you are discussing
>new writing spaces, do you imagine them shaped mostly by writers?
>I'd love to hear back from you, if you have the time!