In the common law of negligence, the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur (Latin for "the thing speaks for itself") states that the elements of duty of care and breach can be sometimes inferred from the very nature of an accident or other outcome, even without direct evidence of how any defendant behaved.
I am being hugely cheeky by appropriating this term (vastly out of its original context, I hasten to add!) in order to describe one of my favorite play activities which involves text that creates representations which tell us what they are meant to symbolize - be it objects or concepts.
I use type in motion, brought about either through animated textures or virtual physics or through particle scripts, to signify "things," "states," and "emotions."
"My funny Valentine" is performed by Sam Masghati. Many thanks!
alpha.tribe island can be visited in SL at: http://slurl.com/secondlife/alphatribe/100/88/1