Ananda Mitra

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Selected Publications:

Alien Technology

Cybernetic Space

Digital DNA 





This Web site will provide information on the idea of narrative bits (narbs) a term coined by Ananda Mitra: Professor of Communication at Wake Forest University

You can find a copyrighted description of narbs here

There are several publications that explain the idea of narbs and offer analysis using the theory of narbs.  Some are included here:

Parks and Recreation Magazine 

Encyclopedia of Information Sciences and Technology 

Analysis in many different domains can be found at Themediawatch 

Here is a video explaining the idea

Mention of narbs in the Science and TechnologyScience DailySunday GuardianLa Telier

About narbs and the recent controversy

Here are academic articles on narbs that explain the idea, methodologies and applications: Collective Narrative Expertise and the Narbs of Social MediaNarbs as a Measure and Indicator of Identity NarrativesUsing narratives from social network to manage teacher-student interaction

This book chapter talks more about narbs.  See sample here.

TIME online had a mention of narbs stating: A communications professor from Wake Forest University popularized this term last year to describe "an item of personal information posted online, particularly as it contributes, often unwittingly, to a personal narrative that individual is creating online." If you send enough "narbs" out into the world, they could eventually turn into "a stolen identity."  See entire article here.

Reference to narbs in The Atlantic

Reference to narbs in Livemint, a subsidiary of the Wall Street Journal

Here is the Wordspy word of the day on September 27, 2011

Here is some buzz to follow!

Here is a news release related to narbs

The term was explained in an article in Global Media Journal in the spring of 2010

The term and the concept were discussed at the following conferences:

Ethicomp 2011 conference, Sheffield, UK, September 2011.

Annual Conference of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA, November 2010.

Ethicomp 2010 conference, Barcelona, Spain, April 2010.

Annual Conference of the National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, November 2009.