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David Kolb

If Wikipedia is the triumphant domestication of the hypertext link, there were experiments in wilder philosophical forms, but they didn't come to much. I made several myself, using more expansive and self-conscious linking strategies, but never could find readers with the patience to explore them. The largest, the Sprawling Places hypertext, was meant as a landscape to be explored to find new concepts and points of view, but it mainly now functions as a storehouse of references, names, buildings, places that search engines lead people to find, grab, and leave. I think such hypertext experiments weren't radical enough; they were still made of linear verbal subunits.

What may be developing are new formal possibilities using complex pages that have images and propositions and sounds in complex spatially meaningful connections. We find these in art projects, some podcasts, music videos, and my guess is that there are possibilities for new modes of philosophizing somewhere there. But we don't know how to "read" or "evaluate" them yet. What does "criticism" mean in that field, and how would such discourses attain that self-aware responsibility to themselves that philosophy has traditionally demanded? (my dkolb.org lists some relevant texts and experiments but no answers.)

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