Intertwingled: The Work and Influence of Ted Nelson by Douglas R. Dechow

By Douglas R. Dechow

This enticing quantity celebrates the existence and paintings of Theodor Holm “Ted” Nelson, a pioneer and mythical determine from the background of early computing. offering contributions from world-renowned desktop scientists and figures from the media undefined, the e-book delves into hypertext, the docuverse, Xanadu and different items of Ted Nelson’s specific brain. good points: incorporates a caricature and a series of poems created in Nelson’s honor, reflecting his wide-ranging and interdisciplinary mind; offers peer histories, supplying a feeling of the milieu that resulted from Nelson’s rules; comprises own bills revealing what it really is prefer to collaborate without delay with Nelson; describes Nelson’s legacy from the viewpoint of his contemporaries from the computing global; presents a contribution from Ted Nelson himself. With a extensive attraction spanning computing device scientists, technology historians and the final reader, this inspiring assortment unearths the ongoing effect of the unique visionary of the area vast Web.

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C. 1007/978-3-319-16925-5_5 29 30 B. Kahle from what we had been working on for so many years—I finally figured it out, at least I think so. Ted was building a system for writers to express the complexity of thought and a system to express the complexity of his own mind, but I had been building a reader’s system, a system for people to find information no matter where they were in the world. For me, the complexity was in the finding, but maybe not in the information itself. Ted Nelson had versions built into his system.

Artaud’s virtual reality was a modern equivalent of alchemy. Antonin Artaud (1896–1948) was a poet, surrealist, theatrical visionary. In the “The Alchemical Theater,” Artaud wrote: All true alchemists know that the alchemical symbol is a mirage as the theater is a mirage. And this perpetual allusion to the materials and the principle of the theater found in almost all alchemical books should be understood as the expression of an identity (of which alchemists are extremely aware) existing between the world in which the characters, objects, images, and in a general way all that constitutes the virtual reality of the theater develops, and the purely fictitious and illusory world in which the symbols of alchemy are evolved.

Often they present a menu of templates for project types and standard formats within a medium, shunting their user into one a prefabricated standard form. And for Ted’s main medium, words, we are still locked into sequential text editors in which it would have been impossible to write Ted’s earlier books. Laziness? Lack of imagination? Conservatism? Fear? Or a market-based, profitbased, tool-building industry that knows its bread is buttered by lowest common denominator non-thinking? Or maybe we are simply expecting things to change more radically, faster than they can, because while technology can speed up and get cheaper very quickly, other changes require profound paradigm shifts in the assumptions of entire social cultures.

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