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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first publication of the word "hypertext," Gigaom talks to Ted Nelson, who coined the term and then introduced it in a 1965 paper for the Association for Computing Machinery.
What kind of reaction did you get from others?
No one, absolutely no one that I met, could imagine interactive computer screens. Whereas I could see them with my eyes closed, practically touch them and make them respond. It was very sensual.
And all during the 1960s and 1970s I was trying to tell people what interactive screens would be like, in my writings and my talks. But no one got it.
Jeff VanderMeer writes, "I'm kind of in love with PoetryGenius, which allows for this incredibly easy annotating of texts, which I chose to go all image-heavy on in annotating my most recent novels. Beyond simple annotation, you can go hypertextual and meta if you like. For example, for this Authority excerpt, I created many of the annotations as if they're reports from the secret agency described in the novels. I even recorded short videos with supposed clandestine audio recordings, and did a straight-up video of me talking about the book via the site. (I also did my novel Annihilation)