Thursday, October 1, 1998
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
MIT Media Lab
20 Ames Street
This forum will feature video clips from a 1995 symposium in honor of Vannevar Bush, which included Ted Nelson as a speaker, to illustrate how hypertext evolved from conceptualizations rooted in older media towards the reality of today's World Wide Web. A discussion following the screening will focus on factors that have constrained current implementations of hypertext.
Organizer and Moderator:
Mary Hopper, Postdoctoral Associate
MIT Compartive Media Studies
Mark Bernstein, Founder and Chief Scientist
Eastgate Systems, Inc.
One goal of the Media in Transition Project is to encourage a historical perspective of the relationships between digital media and older media.
"The goal is to sharpen our awareness of the NewMedia as a thing which emerged from history. Historically informed perspective that maps a sensible middle ground between the euphoria and the panic surrounding new media. Such an understanding of emerging communications technologies, at once skeptical and moderate is the goal of the Media in Transition Project."My interpretation of this: Perhaps the best path into the future is through the past...
"As We May Think" --
A Celebration of Vannevar Bush's 1945 Vision,
An Examination of What Has Been Accomplished,
and What Remains to Be Done."
Held at MIT on October 12 and 13, 1995 (Bush, 1995)
This event brought together many acknowledged founders of New Media including...
Paul Penfield, Jr. (Penfield, MIT)
Andries van Dam (van Dam, Brown)
Lisa Manekofsky, Administrative Coordinator, NSF/ARPA Graphics and Visualization Center
Robert McDermott, Jim Rose (Utah)
Larry Gallagher, Scott Dynes, EdMoriarity (MIT)
David Klaphank (Brown)
Other Brown and MIT Volunteers
Paul Kahn (Bush/Memex Scholar)
Theodore Nelson (Hypertext/Xanadu Creator)
If more time., should really also include..
Douglas Engelbart (Augment//Bootstrap)
Tim Berners-Lee (WWW)
Robert Kahn (Internet)
Michael Lesk (Digital Libraries)
Nicholas Negroponte (Media Lab, MIT)
Raj Reddy (CMU)
Lee Sproull (BU)
Alan Kay (Smalltalk)
This symposium provides a unique opportunity to view hypertext from a special historical perspective. It shows hypertext, as viewed by Bush and Nelson, evolved from conceptualizations rooted in older media towards the reality of the Berners-Lee's WWW.
It seems ironic how little discussion
surrounds our most recent, ongoing, period of media transformation. Even
popular books, such as "Internet for Dummies," mention Vannevar Bush and
Ted Nelson, but even serious books about the internet and the WWW seldom
go further than a cursory history.
Transclusion - virtual instance
across a boundary with original identity maintained and original content
Transvisibility - see from one transcluded instance to another
Transpointing - allow pointing across window boundaries explicitly
Transparallel - things you look at together whose specific connections are of interest
Transpublishing - virtual republishing by distribution of
pointers where materials obtained from the originator or their agent
Transcopyright - permission doctrine
on the web
Media in Transition Version at MIT