Rob Wittig has written incisively of the evolution of certain styles of contemporary writing native to the internet. His work reflects less interest in using bleeding edge technology than in adapting literary forms to the vernacular styles of new media. The Fall of the Site of Marsha is a comic romp that uses the form of the common early-web "homepage" in three states of disrepair to tell a comic tale of domestic discord.
Author description: In the early days of the web, Marsha cheerfully launches a home page devoted to her favorite angels and invites them to come and play. They do, and they are not friendly. The Fall of the Site of Marsha shows three states of her site, captured in Spring, Summer, and Fall, each getting progressively darker as the angels haunt the beleaguered Marsha, reveal her husband's infidelity (from clues found on the site), and drag Marsha and her home page into madness and Gothic ruin.
Instructions: Select a time period from the menu and then browse The Fall of the Site of Marsha in the same fashion as any site.
Previous publication: The Fall of the Site of Marsha was first published in 1999 on Wittig's site "Present," and subsequently appeared on "Tank20." The Fall of the Site of Marsha is now available at Wittig's current site, http://robwit.net.
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