The Web of Text and the Web of God: An Essay on the Third Information Transformation

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Technology's influence upon our sense of self and our consciousness of the world around us has been a subject of increasing concern in recent years. Offering a provocative new perspective, this deeply personal book by the late Alan C. Purves, renowned literacy scholar and English educator, embraces as its focus the electronic medium known as hypertext. Elucidating vital connections between the written word and how human beings think, communicate, and worship, Purves thoughtfully examines how this new kind of writing has led to a new relationship between reader and text. The book engagingly draws upon hypertextual writing strategies to probe the ways conventions of authorship, narrative, and textually based religious traditions are transformed. Also considered is the impact of electronic networks upon human communities, including communities of faith.

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Alan C. Purves, PhD (1931-1996,) was Professor Emeritus of English and Education at the University of Illinois, Professor Emeritus of Education and Humanities at the State University of New York at Albany, and President of The Scribes Inc., a company specializing in editorial and curriculum consulting in English Language Arts. His professional experience included teaching English at the elementary and secondary levels as well as in colleges and universities. Internationally known as a consultant on curriculum, literature instruction, and assessment, Dr. Purves published numerous articles and books in these areas.

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1. An Autobiographical Introduction
2. The Nature of Hypertext and Its Challenge
3. What Is the Literate World Now That We Are Leaving It?
4. Text as Image: The Picture of the Web
5. The Web of Text in the Web of Culture in the Web of Text
6. Suspended in the Web of God
7. Inconclusion

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