Homo Ludens and the Electronic Text [Book Excerpt]

Homo Ludens, or man the Player is the species, Dutch historian Johan Huizinga, argues is as significant as Homo Faber (Man the Maker) and Homo Sapiens (The Reasonable Man). Written in 1938, Huizinga's book Homo Ludens discusses the importance of the play as an element and manifestation of culture, with, in and through which civilization unfolds. When it comes to language, Homo Ludens is “playing with the wondrous nominative faculty” Take language, for instance - that first and supreme ...

Continue Weaving

The Elephant in the Interactive Room [Book Excerpt]

In today's textual environment, increasingly managed and handled with the help of algorithms and complex systems for content dissemination, detection and discovery, writing’s frontiers surpass our bravest expectations. Mezmerized by this new environment for our creativity forces, we are somehow blinded by the bright future we imagine and unable to see web writing’s balance of words and algorithms. In trying to conceive of the essence of web writing and its role in our public and ...

Continue Weaving