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Thinking through Banks’s Terms

From our work in class 4/18: Some ways we tried to define and capture the essence of each of the terms that Banks uses in Digital Griots.

Scratch

  • “interruption” (1)
  • hey! / bridge

Groove

  • Junction / “looping” (7)
  • “layering and repetition” (7)
  • Burkean parlor

Shoutout

  • “Who you wit!?” – Bernie Mac (111)
  • “relationships, allegiances and influences” (26)
  • “calling the roll” (26)
  • citation/reference
  • authorizing/promoting

Mix

  • Bringing together
  • Facilitative/collaborative
  • Griot’s role = “create conditions where a community can create its own collaborative text”

Remix

  • Builds from mix but more self-aware
  • Historicity in action creates generative story
  • Calls attention to its own fissures and stitches
  • “back in the day” narrative (87)
  • draws attention to its own “not-newness”

Mixtape

  • Artifact, collection
  • “compilation of others’ texts and ideas…” (138)
  • personal and public
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