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Oral Tradition and the Internet: Pathways of the Mind

John Miles Foley


The major purpose of this book is to illustrate and explain the fundamental similarities and correspondences between humankind's oldest and newest thought-technologies: oral tradition and the Internet. Despite superficial differences, both technologies are radically alike in depending not on static products but rather on continuous processes, not on “What?” but on “How do I get there?” In contrast to the fixed spatial organization of the page and book, the technologies of oral tradition and the Internet mime the way we think by processing along pathways within a network. In both media it's pat ... More

Keywords: thought, oral tradition, Internet technology, The Pathways Project, chapter-nodes, linked websites, multimedia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037184
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037184.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Miles Foley, author
University of Missouri