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December Communications, Inc.

Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine
ISSN 1076-027X / Volume 3, Number 12 / December 1, 1996

Editor's Page: from Contest to Content
Originally intended as an issue presenting the best in Web-based hypertext fiction, this issue instead focuses on hypertext and imagination.


* Tracing the Growth of a New Literature
Michael Shumate has been charting hypertext fiction activity on the Web at his site, Hyperizons, for more than two years. In this article, he surveys and critiques the state of hypertext fiction on the Web.

* Going Into the Woods
Christine Boese shares the story of her awakening to hypertext and multimedia. She shares her poetry and photographs and writes about the boundaries of hypermedia, styles of thinking, creativity, and imagination.

* Face Value
Nino Rodriguez explores ideas about networked media and how it affects those of us who are trying to make something creative out of it. Included with this article is a an associated discussion list which is a forum for exploring the ideas touched on in the essay.

* Games Engineers Play
Playing games is intrinsic to creativity and imagination. Richard Thieme mediates on the sense of play and the psychic space through which we subsequently filter our experience. He concludes that the computer program programs us.


* Computers for Technophobes
Christopher Harper examines computer-mediated communication used by journalists. He describes how journalists can overcome their technophobia toward using the computer by using it as a tool for communicating with readers and viewers.

* Book Review: A Broad Collection of Research on CMC
Leslie Regan Shade reviews Computer-Mediated Communication: Linguistic, Social, and Cross-Cultural Perspectives, a diverse volume of computer-mediated communication research edited by Susan Herring.

* The Last Link: Where Has All the Hypertext Gone?
John December wonders: Where is the passion on the Web? The Web and hypertext aren't just about technical mumbo-jumbo.

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