Mark Bernstein 10/21/04 - Person
I've been delaying writing Mark Bernstein's bio for this site because he's one of the few people I've met, because he's likely to see this fairly quickly after I post it, and because I can't seem to spend more than fifteen minutes reading without running into his name in some acknowledgements or citations. He's founder and Chief Scientist of Eastgate Systems; has written software for hypertext, for Macintoshes, for other things; has helped organize several ACM hypertext conferences and all of the eNarrative conferences; has written innumerable (well, to me) articles and papers on hypertext (some linked down the left side of his blog); and he's a nice guy. I can't make a comprehensive list of his primary interests in hypertext as I can with several other bios I'm working on, but he has written a good bit about the themes of structure, making hypertexts interesting with human touches and good storytelling, elegant linking, and accessibility.
Bill Bly 3/15/05 - Person
Bill Bly wrote one of my favorite hypertexts so far. And he seems to present hypertexts that work in a way that makes sense to me... as ways to connect fragments; tools for creating the gossamer spiderweb strands that bind and separate our more substantial thoughts; as masses of information for which the discovery of the structures is as integral to learning as is the information itself. There must be a better way to articulate that. I'm sure I'll find it as I read on.
I just discovered his blog within his personal site, and that's part of what has me writing this entry. I realize now that the people section of t.org is growing with a bias toward blogs. The blogosphere is fertilizing its growth, and it is responding ... blogotropically?
Bill has a page about his work with hypertext. He approaches it from a refreshing angle. Rather than looking into hypertext systems as tools for new work, he is approaching them as the lesser of evils: as attempts at software which are with regard to the way we think perhaps less flawed than the word processor, spreadsheet, or operating system. That's another take on one of the things that keeps me interested in the field-- I think hypertexts more accurately represent the ways we think and communicate.
J Yellowlees Douglas 9/21/04 - Person
J Yellowlees Douglas is an Associate Director of the University Writing Program and Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida. She is the author of the first book I have read through for textuality. Eastgate has a better bio of her.
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George Landow 9/21/04 - Person
Eastgate's bio sums up what I would put here: George Landow is Professor of English and Art History at Brown University. A leading scholar on Ruskin and Victorian literature and culture, Professor Landow is also internationally recognized as a theorist of hypertext application and design. He has written several books on hypertext critical theory, wrote the important early hypertext The Victorian Web, and has been a key player in the history of hypertext at Brown University. He has his own domain and his CV is online.
Donna Leishman 10/27/04 - Person
As I've been updating my four-year-old, barely-even-casual understanding of the field of hypertext, I've found a lot of out-of-date research, moribund works and communities. How wonderful, then, to last night find myself pulled into Donna Leishman's work. I met her at eNarrative2 in Boston and enjoyed her Red Riding Hood retelling. She did that for her Master's thesis, so it was a while before I saw anything more on her site 6amhoover. She's been very active, though.
Several years later, last night, I spotted Donna's name in a back issue of Tekka and was pulled right back into her work. I enjoyed the dark smirk of Red Riding Hood twice through and assigned myself The Bloody Chamber to read soon. I'm inspired by Donna's work... if she can tell these stories with such reception (including an Emmy nomination), perhaps there's a market out there. Perhaps even outside academe.
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Linear Narrative in an Interactive Environment