The Web of Text and the Web of God: An Essay on the Third Information Transformation

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Technology's influence upon our sense of self and our consciousness of the world around us has been a subject of increasing concern in recent years. Offering a provocative new perspective, this deeply personal book by the late Alan C. Purves, renowned literacy scholar and English educator, embraces as its focus the electronic medium known as hypertext. Elucidating vital connections between the written word and how human beings think, communicate, and worship, Purves thoughtfully examines the vast implications of ...
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Overview

Technology's influence upon our sense of self and our consciousness of the world around us has been a subject of increasing concern in recent years. Offering a provocative new perspective, this deeply personal book by the late Alan C. Purves, renowned literacy scholar and English educator, embraces as its focus the electronic medium known as hypertext. Elucidating vital connections between the written word and how human beings think, communicate, and worship, Purves thoughtfully examines the vast implications of hypertext for our society's conception of literacy and our philosophical and spiritual lives. An erudite, engaging, and far-reaching investigation of how computers have affected our conception of ourselves as literate, social creatures, this volume will be read with pleasure by students and scholars of education, communication, philosophy, and religion, as well as interested general readers.
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"A thoughtful and insightful analysis." --Mark C. Taylor, PhD, Cluett Professor of Humanities and Religion, Williams College

"From his perspective in literary theory, Alan Purves gives an informed, comprehensive, and yet comprehensible survey of writing, reading, and interpreting documents from the Ten Commandments to hypertext. The discussion is given a special focus by its attention to the writing, translation, reading, and interpretation of Scripture and the new possibilities that the new media pose for those traditional problems. This is not a book to be merely consulted. It is a book to be savored, the legacy of a real author--how he thought, what influenced him, what he thought interesting and worth doing--and an invitation to the reader to share and reinvent his concerns." --David Olson, PhD, Professor of Human Development and Applied Psychology, University of Toronto

"An excellent and pioneering work...Alan Purves connects the arguments about a new literature to a spiritual dimension." --Eugene Provenzo, PhD, Professor of Teaching and Learning, University of Miami

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This book takes a look at the ways in which the new writing and information technologies have affected our cultural, intellectual, and religious beliefs and structures. Purves (English and education, U. of Illinois), views the development of paperless forms of communication such as radio, film, and television as representing a third major transformation in the way we store and retrieve information after the advent of written languages and the invention of the printing press. He takes a personal, appropriately hypertextual approach to subject. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572302495
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/10/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author


Alan C. Purves, PhD (1931-1996,) was Professor Emeritus of English and Education at the University of Illinois, Professor Emeritus of Education and Humanities at the State University of New York at Albany, and President of The Scribes Inc., a company specializing in editorial and curriculum consulting in English Language Arts. His professional experience included teaching English at the elementary and secondary levels as well as in colleges and universities. Internationally known as a consultant on curriculum, literature instruction, and assessment, Dr. Purves published numerous articles and books in these areas.
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Table of Contents


1. An Autobiographical Introduction
2. The Nature of Hypertext and Its Challenge
3. What Is the Literate World Now That We Are Leaving It?
4. Text as Image: The Picture of the Web
5. The Web of Text in the Web of Culture in the Web of Text
6. Suspended in the Web of God
7. Inconclusion
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