Hypermedia: Some Technology, Some Implications (Fall 1999)

Class 12: National Online Communities

Back to Building Communities with Hypertext. On to Programming Hypertext.

Held Thursday, September 30, 1999





Defining Hypertext

Rebecca and I have observed that some of the difficulties we've been having in discussion stem from a dynamic definition of hypertext. Clearly, we won't be able to get very far (or very deep) until we have careful definitions. We'll spend some time today working on and refining definitions of hypertext.

Since we'll need to talk about a variety of things that are somewhat hypertextual (e.g., the ``literary hypertexts'') but that may lack some things we consider core (e.g., empowering the user to add links), we may want to come up with a web of related terms.

Intellectual Property and Class Notes

There seems to have been some interest in my throwaway comment about the growing controversy over students posting their class notes. Let's consider the issue, both in terms of the current ``state of the art'' an in terms of the relationship to more hypertextual forms (i.e. would your reactions be different if the students were posting ``hypernotes''?).

Online Reflections of Real Communities

We'll spend the last part reflecting on the relationships between real communities and corresponding Web communities.


Monday, 22 March 1999

Wednesday, 29 September 1999

Back to Building Communities with Hypertext. On to Programming Hypertext.

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