On a more personal level, I moved from academic writing to video production and now hypermedia in an attempt to outrun the pain and boredom of traditional academic writing -- a jaunt that leads me to the issue at hand: being in pictures. Why do I find academic writing painful and boring? Because, as a result of its love affair with critical distance, academic writing solicits a rational, unified subject from a postmodern subjectivity. Academic writing asks student writers to abstract from themselves and masquerade, like wolves in sheeps' clothing, as humanist subjects.
Zin/ography is a poetics, or an interface, for staging the postmodern rather than the humanist subject. Translated for hypermedia, this interface reasons by pattern rather than logic. Functioning as a zin/ographic example, "Being in Pictures" exploits the pedagogical practicality of networked interfaces that stage the socially constructed subject.