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From Hypertext to Hyperloquy

Harnad, Stevan (2005) From Hypertext to Hyperloquy

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The human mind is capable of something even better than hypertext: “hyperloquy.” Hypertext was the idea that texts and parts of texts could be linked to one another in the online medium. It led to the miracle of the worldwide web, but there is still something static about a hyperlinked textual world. Something is missing that comes close to the essence of the human capacity for thought, language, and colloquy: Quote/commentary brings the text alive and puts one into public dialogue with the author. Its interactive flavor -- plus the publicly visible and accessible nature of the interaction, with the everpresent possibility for any other skyreader to join in the skywritten quote/commentary – engage the ancient oral interactive powers for which our brains were specifically adapted in ways that neither the oral nor the written medium has ever before been able to engage: skywriting at the speed of thought, with near real-time interactions between not only minds and minds, but minds and texts: hyperloquy.

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Published date: 2005
Keywords: language, communication, evolution, hypertext, web, quote/commentary, hypermail, oral communication, writing
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


Local EPrints ID: 261260
PURE UUID: 6804ee81-9f84-4ead-b568-89d13b5bc843

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Date deposited: 24 Sep 2005
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 09:03

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Author: Stevan Harnad

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