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Quinn, Katherine 2021. Zoom time. Entanglements: Experiments in Multimodal Ethnography 4 (2) , pp. 19-20.

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This short piece of writing came about over the course of the pandemic via an online writing/reading group set up by four friends, which we called The Hundreds. We were inspired by Lauren Berlant and Kathleen Stewart’s project of the same name and followed their method, which relies on constraining writing by using word counts of multiples of one hundred. After writing them alone, in advance, we then shared these efforts aloud, communally and supportively every fortnight (the group is ongoing, though meetings are a little less frequent now). My piece, below, came from four separate instalments of our group meeting. I repeatedly returned to the evolving, drop-by-drop effects that Zoom had been having on me, particularly as it destabilised my hard-won comfort in being a shy person. The word count both constrains and frees. The first stanza was written early on in the first lockdown; the second came shortly after starting a job, entirely virtually, six months later; the third came following a peculiar virtual writing retreat, about a year into the pandemic as routines and manners settled; and the final one is a recent reflection on how we interact with Zoom’s own multimodality to navigate awkwardness. The accompanying video is an experiment in re/presenting this multimodality,and the clunky, cathartic, cringe of reading aloud.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 November 2022
Date of Acceptance: 4 August 2021
Last Modified: 31 May 2023 10:00

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