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Review of Literary machines by Ted Nelson. 1983.

Review of Literary machines by Ted Nelson. 1983. ACM SIGSOFT SOFTWARE ENGINEERING NOTES Vol 8 No 5 Oct 1983 Page 3 4 Book Review LITERARY MACHINE S by Ted Nelson, 1983 * Reviewed by Stephen W . Smoliar Ted Nelson is selling things . However, the reader of this book may have some trouble grasping jus t what it is he is selling . The most general impression one gets is that he is selling visions, many o f which are tempting (at least at first glance) and most of which are not in very clear focus : We think we can build a new subculture of intellect, intellect in a new and enthusiasti c style--more like the sci-fi subculture than Academia _ The people who hang around the stands will be an active subculture--bright, verbal , interested in everything . Just as in music circles it is customary to know about symphonie s and in sports circles it is customary to know about scores, in Xanadu circles it is customar y to know about everything : to exchange interesting anecdotes, remarkable facts , extraordinary interconnections--and converse with a Xanadu screen near at hand fo r reference . They'll be like trivia freaks or D&D players--but http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes Association for Computing Machinery

Review of Literary machines by Ted Nelson. 1983.

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Publisher
Association for Computing Machinery
Copyright
Copyright © 1983 by ACM Inc.
ISSN
0163-5948
DOI
10.1145/1010914.1010918
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ACM SIGSOFT SOFTWARE ENGINEERING NOTES Vol 8 No 5 Oct 1983 Page 3 4 Book Review LITERARY MACHINE S by Ted Nelson, 1983 * Reviewed by Stephen W . Smoliar Ted Nelson is selling things . However, the reader of this book may have some trouble grasping jus t what it is he is selling . The most general impression one gets is that he is selling visions, many o f which are tempting (at least at first glance) and most of which are not in very clear focus : We think we can build a new subculture of intellect, intellect in a new and enthusiasti c style--more like the sci-fi subculture than Academia _ The people who hang around the stands will be an active subculture--bright, verbal , interested in everything . Just as in music circles it is customary to know about symphonie s and in sports circles it is customary to know about scores, in Xanadu circles it is customar y to know about everything : to exchange interesting anecdotes, remarkable facts , extraordinary interconnections--and converse with a Xanadu screen near at hand fo r reference . They'll be like trivia freaks or D&D players--but

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ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering NotesAssociation for Computing Machinery

Published: Oct 1, 1983

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