Two Hypertext Bookmarks

What exactly happened to the link-and-node hypertext novel? We don’t have to carry out that much of an investigation to see what‘sgoing on with Flash poetry, or the network novel, or interactive fiction. But what‘sup with the venerable form used by the soi-disant wunderkinder authors of The Unknown, the one in which Victory Garden took root, in which Shelley Jackson stitched together her Patchwork Girl? –Nick Montfort –Two Hypertext Bookmarks (Grand…

Fear and Laptops on the Campaign Trail

This summer, sitting in the Tank and reading campaign blogs, you could sometimes get a half-giddy, half-sickening feeling that something was shifting, that the news agenda was beginning to be set by this largely unpaid, T-shirt-clad army of bloggers. A few blocks down Eighth Avenue, thousands of journalists with salaries and health benefits waited for the next speech and the next press release from the Republican campaign. Here in the…

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Point. Shoot. Kiss It Good-Bye.

As our hard drives fill up with thousands then tens and hundreds of thousands of digital snapshots, we’re all going to face the same basic challenges as the Bettmann Archive. Of course, you won’t haul 19 semitrailers full of your decaying family photos into cold storage, as the Bettmann did in 2001. But you can expect to go clicking through folder after folder of pixelated images, trying to find the…

Journalism: Clowning around with Assignments

The most important ingredient for a journalist – you have to feel it in your gut, you have to really believe that this is a calling, that conveying information to people is among the most important of professions. You have to understand that in a free world we have a free press, and when freedom falls, the first target is the press and the ability to convey unfettered the news…

Steve Jobs and Michael Dell ARE IN MY HEAD!

My main workstation has a standard keyboard, with the slight rise and the stadium keying layout, where each row rises a little above it. The kind I’ve used since I got my first Packard Bell in 1990. The natural shape one can even remember from Commodore 64s and Apple IIs, and probably even abacuses. But the eMac has a concave keyboard; that is, it’s curved, with the tops of the…