• Oral Tradition and Internet Technology by John Miles Foley

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.

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 pathways – not things – that matter.

The Pathways Project consists of this website and a brick-and-mortar book, Oral Tradition and the Internet: Pathways of the Mind. The website serves as the focal point for a suite of media that will include a network of linked topics (called nodes), suggested reading-routes through those nodes (called linkmaps), audio and video eCompanions, multimedia eEditions, and a moderated forum for user contributions.

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