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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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Oral Tradition and the Internet

John Miles Foley

University of Illinois Press

This chapter gives a short overview of the Pathways Project, its aims and objectives, and its media of choice. The major purpose of the Pathways Project is to illustrate and explain the fundamental similarities and correspondences between humankind's oldest and newest thought-technologies: oral tradition and the Internet. This chapter argues that both technologies are alike, and furthermore that they have an advantage over the traditional media of books in that they “mine the way we think” by processing along pathways within a network. Finally, the chapter maps out the structure of the Pathways Project, both in the form of its website, and in this book.

Keywords:   Pathways Project, thought-technologies, oral tradition, Internet, media

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