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Author Foley, John Miles.

Title Oral tradition and the internet : pathways of the mind / John Miles Foley
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 292 pages) : illustrations
Contents For Book-readers Only -- Home Page -- Getting Started -- Disclaimer -- Book versus Website -- Response -- Linkmaps -- Nodes in Alphabetical Order. A Foot in Each World ; Accuracy ; Agora As Verbal Marketplace ; Agora Correspondences ; Agoraphobia ; Arena of Oral Tradition ; Arena of the Text ; Arena of the Web ; Audience Critique ; Bellerophon and His Tablet ; Citizenship in Multiple Agoras ; Cloud and Tradition ; Contingency ; Culture As Network ; Culture Shock ; Distributed Authorship ; Don't Trust Everything You Read in Books ; eAgora ; eCompanions ; eEditions ; ePathways ; eWords ; Excavating an Epic ; Freezing Wikipedia ; Getting Published or Getting Sequestered ; Homo Sapiens' Calendar Year ; How to Build a Book ; Ideology of the Text ; Illusion of Object ; Illusion of Stasis ; Impossibility of tPathways ; In the Public Domain ; Indigestible Words ; Just the Facts ; Leapfrogging the Text ; Misnavigation ; Morphing Book ; Museum of Verbal Art ; Not So Willy-nilly ; oAgora ; Online with OT ; oPathways ; Owning versus Sharing ; oWords ; Polytaxis ; Proverbs ; Reading Backwards ; Real-time versus Asynchronous ; Reality Remains in Play ; Recur Not Repeat ; Remix ; Responsible Agora-business ; Resynchronizing the Event ; Singing on the Page ; Spectrum of Texts ; Stories Are Linkmaps ; Systems versus Things ; tAgora ; Texts and Intertextuality ; Three Agoras ; tWords ; Variation within Limits ; Why Not Textualize? 269 Wiki
Summary "The major purpose of this book is to illustrate and explain the fundamental similarities and correspondences between humankind's oldest and newest thought-technologies: oral tradition and the Internet. Despite superficial differences, both technologies are radically alike in depending not on static products but rather on continuous processes, not on "What?" but on "How do I get there?" In contrast to the fixed spatial organization of the page and book, the technologies of oral tradition and the Internet mime the way we think by processing along pathways within a network. In both media it's pathways--not things--that matter. To illustrate these ideas, this volume is designed as a "morphing book," a collection of linked nodes that can be read in innumerable different ways. Doing nothing less fundamental than challenging the default medium of the linear book and page and all that they entail, Oral Tradition and the Internet shows readers that there are large, complex, wholly viable, alternative worlds of media-technology out there--if only they are willing to explore, to think outside the usual, culturally constructed categories. This "brick-and-mortar" book exists as an extension of The Pathways Project (, an open-access online suite of chapter-nodes, linked websites, and multimedia all dedicated to exploring and demonstrating the dynamic relationship between oral tradition and Internet technology."--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-285) and index
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Subject Folklore and the Internet.
Oral tradition -- Computer network resources.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0252094301 (electronic bk.)
9780252094309 (electronic bk.)