Category Archives: Week 4: Text, Wikisource, Wikimedia, WWW

Text, Wiki, Hypermedia and…Icebergs?

Ed Folsom, in his article, discusses databases, but his argument fits more comfortably within the hypertext debate.  Interestingly, as George P. Landow explains, “[h]ypertextuality, like all digital textuality, inevitably includes a far higher percentage of nonverbal information than does print.”  … Continue reading

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Hidden Narrative: The Text behind the Text

In her most-recent blog post, Margaret explores the impact of coding and hypertext on our understanding of text and language. Her experience is very similar to my own, in that I had extremely limited knowledge of HTML, or any kind of … Continue reading

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Symtext: Teaching and the WWW

In her post, “Is the WWW useful without a negotiation between databases?”, cstelman reflects on the ways in which the searchability of the internet is intrinsically linked to its usefulness. She posits Google as a sort of database of the … Continue reading

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Is the WWW useful without a negotiation between databases?

The WWW has encouraged such a rapid accumulation of information that one of the pertinent issues regarding such information is how it can be effectively curated and discovered. Databases, I think, are therefore essential in making the WWW actually useful. … Continue reading

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A Brave New World: The New Semiotics of the WWW

I just finished validating a classmate’s proofreads on our Wikisource page. As I was working, I found myself wondering how all the {{}} and ‘’’’ and |’s of markup language impact the original text, if at all. Does mechanical language … Continue reading

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