4 posts tagged web

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 ...

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In a Linked Data State of Mind

  When we think of a text within the boundaries of a page (be that a print or a web page) we reinforce an understanding that belongs to the realm of a print age: a text follows a linear form, in the familiar page frame. Just like Gutenberg prints initially tried to replicate manuscripts. Such a “page understanding”, in a Web context, confines us (and our thinking of any given text) to limits that don’t exist anymore. The way out is leaving the print, and even the Web page ...

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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 ...

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How to Write for the Web?

On the Web, connect bravely. Trust the Thread. Your curiosity's thread. Links, hashtags, meta descriptions, alt text, headings and all other web words are nothing more than curiosity's root tips reaching out to connect. On the Web, curiosity’s thin thread becomes powerful. Strengthened by web technologies, it allows you to connect dots wildly and unexpectedly. Never give up the “Wow, what?” part of your writing (thinking), seek it till you find it. It will connect you to ...

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