• Oral Tradition and Internet Technology by John Miles Foley

As the Pathways Project has matured and Oral Tradition and the Internet has moved toward publication, the relationship between the wiki-website and the book has changed in interesting ways. Applying the Golden Rule of multiple media – to leverage each medium to do what it does best – I have abbreviated and focused the tAgora presentation. While the online resource retains all of the nodes and numerous accompanying images, Oral Tradition and the Internet features the most prominent and significant nodes with a few selected images. Part of the motivation for this focusing was practical (issues of length, cost, and the like). But the more important reason was strategic: the book is meant to house the core theory in a familiar, default format, while the online resource offers more materials, additional options for exploration, and the built-in possibility of growth.

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, 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 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 co-creation, as the network licenses (and requires) your ongoing participation.

Both media are economical and productive in their own ways, the one for tThinking and the other for eThinking (which parallels oThinking). The single best way to experience the Pathways Project is to engage both tools.