Is Reading Writing?

Written by: Christopher Long

Primary Source : Christopher P. Long Blog, October 12, 2015

This is story of an un-keynote that began in discussion with @BillHD.

The conceit was this: Could we create an un-keynote experience in which members of the community would be encouraged to explore the question: Is Reading Writing?

This was the design: Tweets were pre-written with images of slides that presented content about my enhanced digital book, Socratic and Platonic Politics: Practicing a Politics of Reading. The keynote began with the tweets so those gathered with invited to read and respond to the slides. The tweets were delivered via Buffer, and we use LiveTweetApp to moderate the content to the screens around the room.

This Storify captures some of the dynamics and reactions of what unfolded.

The story of my un-keynote at #wideemu: The Writing in Digital Environments (MSU) / Eastern Michigan un-Conference.

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Christopher P. Long is dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University. His extensive publications in Ancient Greek and Contemporary Continental Philosophy include three books: The Ethics of Ontology: Rethinking an Aristotelian Legacy (SUNY 2004), Aristotle On the Nature of Truth (Cambridge 2010), and an enhanced digital book entitled, Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of Reading (Cambridge 2014). The digital platform of the enhanced digital book enables readers to engage directly with the author in an online community. He is also co-founder of the Public Philosophy Journal, a project that has received over $780,000 of funding from the Mellon Foundation to create an innovative online space of digital scholarship and communication. To learn more about his administrative approach and his recent research in Philosophy, digital scholarly communication, and the educational use of social media technologies, visit his blog: He is the host of the Digital Dialogue podcast ( and can be reached on Twitter @cplong and @deancplong.

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