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Oral Tradition and the InternetPathways of the Mind$
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John Miles Foley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037184

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037184.001.0001

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Book versus Website

Book versus Website

(p.21) Book versus Website
Oral Tradition and the Internet

John Miles Foley

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explains the differences between the Pathways Project website and book, and lays out the advantages of each medium in engaging with the project itself. To read Oral Tradition and the Internet is to engage in the tried-and-true commerce of the tAgora. Although as a morphing book it supports and reflects some online-like activities (Morphing Book), its primary value derives from textual dynamics. You have room to navigate to a degree, but you're also provided a single, direct route—at least within each node—through the shorter, guided, brick-and-mortar presentation. To surf the Pathways Project wiki-website on the other hand is to take advantage of the emerging technology of the eAgora. Its contents are more copious as well as interactive and non-predetermined, so you can formulate your own experience to a radically greater extent. Navigation means cocreation, as the network licenses (and requires) your ongoing participation.

Keywords:   oral tradition, Internet, Pathways Project, Pathways Project, textual dynamics, website, cocreation, navigation

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