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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Knowledge, the Semantic Web and a Koan with a Candle

Yesterday my Tai-chi teacher told me a koan. I prompted him in a way. As I was struggling with a tai-chi movement, telling my teacher that I have to allocate a lot of computer processing power  as to understand the intricate details of the movement and then map them to my body's movements and enter the flow of the form. He laughed. Knowledge And then told me this. Once, a disciple of his was so much engrossed in learning the "theory" about the movements that he very much resembled a ...

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Web Writing from A to Z [Part 1]

The tremendous change the Semantic Web* triggers leads to a whole new understanding of how we live and work together. As all other activities on the web, content writing has a brave new world to thrive in and embrace. The ABCD of Web Writing Skip to the infographic below. ALGORITHMIC AUDIENCES Systems managing content on our behalf, are becoming smarter and faster in understanding what we write and do on the Web. We can help these systems make sense of or texts by: "With respect to HTML, ...

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The Pleasure of Hypertext

Hypertext is magic. Linked, every word is an opportunity to explore meaning from as much perspectives as our ability to follow threads would allows us to. A radiant node or cluster … from which, and through which, and into which, ideas are constantly rushing, writes Ezra Pound, yet for another time showing how it is all connected and even the idea of a space of linked objects has been there, in the minds of those enquiring within upon everything, waiting to become an inseparable part of ...

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