Communication Magazine /
Volume 2, Number 4 / April 1, 1995 / Page 2
by John December
The irony of print...
My thanks again to
for her article
Hypertexts, and Other Cultural
Formations in the Late Age of Print," in last month's CMC Magazine.
Problems on our end dropped some lines from
and I apologize to Nancy Kaplan and to our readers--we
didn't get these errors corrected until late on the 4th of March.
(I suppose one of the benefits of a Web-delivered publication is that you
can edit it as the reader is reading; however, my goal is for a 100% fault-free
copy on the 1st of the month). So, if you were an early reader,
take another look in particular at the context
and be assured that the approximately nine trailing-off sentences in the copy
delivered at the month's start weren't the author's intent.
Also, the page numbering scheme for Nancy Kaplan's article (as well as the
rest of the magazine) is my own device for providing a
referencing system for pages in the magazine in non-hypertext contexts. Originally,
I had an elaborate scheme for numbering the Kaplan article based on the
graph-theoretic structure of hypertext as a connected, directed graph,
using a depth-first traversal algorithm. But, then the deadline clock ticked,
and I resorted to numbering the pages by using vi *.html in their
subdirectory--resulting in the page numbering being based on
alphabetical order by file names (!). Indeed,
the page numbers of even a paper magazine aren't necessarily intended as a
reading sequence as much as a reference system; and,
any page of the Kaplan article,
I think, could serve as a starting point for reading the rest of it.
You may have noticed that our first-ever
last month sported a UPC symbol in its lower left-hand corner.
On a whim, I asked
art and graphics editor Jason Teague to put one on our first cover
as an ironic reference to paper magazines (what other ironic references do
I have in this magazine? ;) ).
However, the formidable UPC bars, with their message of
commerce, prompted some readers to write to me wanting
to know what bookstores might carry the magazine.
In this month's mbox, a reader requests a linear
copy for convenience. Alas, I can't offer either.
Our East-coast-centrism trips us up ...
Jason Teague's excellent
Cybersmith's in Cambridge, Mass., USA
last month captured the feel for a Net-spin
on a physical meeting space. Our characterization of Cybersmith's
as "[the] First Coffee Shop on the Infobahn," as several readers
pointed out, isn't accurate, as other cyber cafés have
been on the planet for a while.
Check out the
Café Guide, which includes listings for, among others:
If you'd like to write a review of these (or other) cyber cafés,
please send it to us; we'd love to include it in a future issue.
Check out the
- eek.a.geek, 460b
Parliament Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
39 Whitfield Street, London W1P 5RE, England
Byte Bar & Grill, 299 9th Street,
San Francisco, California, USA
In this issue...
Our cover story by David Farber
the assumption that a global information infrastructure, modeled
on a United States vision of cyberspace, will
inevitably bring democracy throughout the world.
Indeed, the United States seeks to limit speech on the Internet--and
other governments seek to limit other material. Therefore, is
a US version of cyberspace right for the whole world?
Collaborate systems to share and create meaning on networks--groupware--has
long been a topic for researchers. What new systems might arise for systems
of groupware on the Internet? Lee Honeycutt
reports on the recent Groupware '95 conference, surveying
how many companies are proposing products to help people collaborate and
extend their enterprise through the Internet.
We also present an article exploring a possible future for
group collaboration systems--Christine
Boese's proposal for a CMC system for a non-hierarchical organization.
Thanks for this issue
Of course, as always, thanks to all the staff and authors who contribute
to this magazine each month. Special thanks for this issue to:
Lee Honeycutt, Chris Lapham, Kevin Hunt,
Lisa Schmeiser, Amelia DeLoach,
Jason Teague, Nick Weaver, and Kirsten Cooke.
Thanks again to Barbara Bernstein, President of Hampton Press, for
her kind permission to
reprint the three introductory chapters from
of books, Computer-Mediated Communication and the
This month, we
present our third and final
excerpt, the third volume's introductory chapter.
Enjoy the issue!
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