Torill @ Seton Hill University — 'Intro to Hypertext Theory'

On the same day she spoke about media panics to my journalism class, Torill Mortensen introduced my “Writing for the Internet” class to hypertext theory. (This is going to be a long post and I’ll probably be too lazy to link everything properly, so see Torill’s online lecture notes, “Hypertext, class and power.”) She began by asking the class to visualize taking a book and cutting it up, line by…

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Torill @ Seton Hill University — 'Games and Media Panics'

In my “Practice of Journalism” class yesterday, Torill Mortensen used examples from her native Norway to discuss media panics surrounding the introduction of new technology in society. There has long been a connection between new media, in whatever form it took — from moving pictures, to TV, to computer games… in the 1970s, Norwegian Parlament had passionate debates over how the introduction of color television would affect the delicate and…

New radio Hitch-Hiker's

A six-part adaptation of Life, the Universe and Everything will be up first in the spring. This will be followed towards the end of 2004 by an eight-week serialisation combining So Long and Thanks for All the Fish with Mostly Harmless. | The news comes just weeks after confirmation that the planned movie version of the original Hitchhiker’s is finally emerging from mothballs. –New radio Hitch-Hiker’s  (BBC Cult) Great, loopy…

Personal Life Annotation Devices

It’s not hard to imagine the power of millions of people each taking pictures and attaching them to physical places. You’re headed into Helsinki, and you want to see what the Esplanade looks like in mid-August. Or you wonder what the inside of the Intercontinental hotel looks like. | There’s immense potential for people to keep each other informed, or perhaps, misinformed. We all know the power of a picture…