||Talk by Cicero Inacio da Silva|
Cicero Inacio da Silva, researcher and professor of media, art, and digital technology in Brazil, is currently Visiting Scholar in the Department of Communication at University of California, San Diego (Fellowship CAPES/MEC/Brazil). He was recently a Visiting Scholar at Brown University.
"From Browsing to ZigZag: a theoretical study of Theodor Nelson's
Time and place:
10:00 am, Tuesday, April 10th, MCC room 201
This talk intends to analyze Ted Nelson's theories related to digital information systems, specifically addressing issues such as visualization, categories, storage, structure, and application in digital media. Ted Nelson coined the term "hypertext" in the 1960s to
represent a non-hierarchical relation between digital documents based basically on Vannevar Bush's Memex. Following Nelson's ideas, this talk intends to present a work in progress called "browZZer", which addresses the questions formulated by Nelson's description of the problems of "hypertext" and "hypermedia" currently on Internet: the links still are unidirectional and hierarchical, the connections between the content can be easily broken, and the documents'connections are, most of the time, created by tags that can sometimes change the form of the content without the intention of the author. The proposals of ZigZag are to create a different model of thinking about computer systems and to deconstruct the ideologies that have been imposed by Internet culture.