interesting demo of early hypertext system FRESS, the "file retrieval and editing system," being used in a (humanities, not creative writing) poetry class in the mid-1970s https://youtu.be/xOFM5_n8KeI?t=6m18s
(more here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Retrieval_and_Editing_System which mentions that the system "used a light pen [which] could be 'clicked' using a foot-pedal" and this is totally off topic but I kinda wish that computer evolution had worked out such that foot pedals were as common an input device as, like, keyboards and mice)
@aparrish There's an entire chapter dedicated to this subject in Belinda Barnet's book "Memory Machines: The Evolution of Hypertext". It needs to be better known, she's done an excellent work and I always recommend it to anyone with an interest in these matters.
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This is the book:
@haitch oy, I need to find a library copy of this because $103 is pretty steep for my reading budget ;)
Thanks for the #hypertext adventure!
I found these related documentaries on the #InternetArchive:
@aparrish I once bought a dictaphone from Olympus certain I would one day be dictating the stories that were pouring out of me, interviews and I don't know what, by using the peripheral I saw on their website. I never had the cash for it, it broke and I moved on, but I haven't replaced with Audible what I imagined that would free up my hands to do for transcription etc., and most journalists must feel the same. -- it went in the direction of voice recognition, but that would not have worked.
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