MemexPlex as New Media

This is a survey of New Media memes throughout history, with comments on each in how it relates to MemexPlex.

Memes

30 DEC 2013

 The Printing Press is the Messiah

The printing press has come like a true Messiah to emancipate the great family of mankind from this double yoke. This Messiah is immortal, and its saving powers must be universal and perpetual. By this, and by no other Messiah, can man be saved from ignorance and misery; the only hell that he has to fear. It will prove the true Messiah of the Jew, of the Christian, of the Mahometan, and of the Pagan. It is a Messiah for all, and it will go on to unite under the name and title of Man and Citiz...
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It serves all religions and one should exist in every home.

15 NOV 2013

 Ruling in Favor of Google Books

In my view, Google Books provides significant public benefits. It advances the progress of the arts and sciences,while maintaining respectful consideration for the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely impacting the rights of copyright holders. It has become an invaluable research tool that permits students, teachers,librarians, and others to more efficiently identify and locate books. It has given scholars the ability, for the first time, to conduct full-tex...
  1  notes

Judge Chinn rules that Google Books is fair use; therefore, memexplex is fair use.

12 JAN 2012

 More Scientific Papers are Published Than Can Possibly be...

We should admit in theory what is already very largely a case in practice, that the main currency of scientific information is the secondary sources in the forms of abstracts, reports, tables, &c., and that the primary sources are only for detailed reference by very few people. It is possible that the fate of most scientific papers will be not to be read by anyone who uses them, but with luck they will furnish an item, a number, some facts or data to such reports which may, but usually wi...
  1  notes

We must accept, therefore, that most work will go unnoticed and unacknowledged.

03 JAN 2012

 Digital Culture Turns Everything into One Book

The approach to digital culture I abhor would indeed turn all the world’s books into one book, just as Kevin suggested. It might start to happen in the next decade or so. Google and other companies are scanning library books into the cloud in a massive Manhattan Project of cultural digitization. What happens next is what’s important. If the books in the cloud are accessed via user interfaces that encourage mashups of fragments that obscure the context and authorship of each fragment, ther...
  1  notes

If we are allowed to mashup everything into newer expressions so that the original sources are lost and we cannot reference anything, then we essentially have only one book, just like North Korea.

03 MAY 2011

 Writing as Quilting

This book is crammed with original ideas—very few of them my own. Science writers become accustomed to the feeling that they are intellectual plagiarists, raiding the minds of those who are too busy to tell the world about their discoveries. There are scores of people who could have written each chapter of my book better than I. My consolation is that few could have written all the chapters. My role has been to connect the patches of others' research together into a quilt.
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Taking ideas and patching them into the quilt of a book.

21 APR 2011

 Peter Norvig: From Books to Paragraphs

You look at Knuth's original Literate Programming, and he's really trying to say, "What's the best order for writing a book," assuming that someone's going to read the whole book and he wants it to be in a logical order. People don't do that anymore. They don't want to read a book, they want an index so they can say, "What's die least amount of this book that I have to read? I just want to find the three paragraphs that I need. Show me that and then I'll move on." I think that's a real change.
Folksonomies: new media programming media
Folksonomies: new media programming media
  1  notes

People don't want books anymore, they want direct answers to their questions found in an index.

15 APR 2011

 Consumption of Media Has Moved to Bits and Pieces

The problem is: We just don't do whole things anymore. We don't read complete books — just excerpts. We don't listen to whole CDs — just samplings. We don't sit through whole baseball games — just a few innings. Don't even write whole sentences. Or read whole stories like this one. We care more about the parts and less about the entire. We are into snippets and smidgens and clips and tweets. We are not only a fragmented society, but a fragment society. And the result: What we gain is ...
Folksonomies: new media
Folksonomies: new media
  1  notes

We don't consume whole books and albums anymore, but bits and pieces.

06 APR 2011

 No Book Will Be an Island

Yet the common vision of the library's future (even the e-book future) assumes that books will remain isolated items, independent from one another, just as they are on shelves in your public library. There, each book is pretty much unaware of the ones next to it. When an author completes a work, it is fixed and finished. Its only movement comes when a reader picks it up to animate it with his or her imagination. In this vision, the main advantage of the coming digital library is portability ...
Folksonomies: research ebooks books curating
Folksonomies: research ebooks books curating
  1  notes

Kevin Kelly new media prediction that echoes why I use MemexPlex for logging my research.

23 JAN 2011

 How Brian Eno's Mind has Changed Through Use of the Intenet

I notice that I now digest my knowledge as a patchwork drawn from a wider range of sources than I used to. I notice too that I am less inclined to look for joined-up finished narratives and more inclined to make my own collage from what I can find. I notice that I read books more cursorily — scanning them in the same way that I scan the Net — ‘bookmarking’ them. ... I notice that more of my time is spent in words and language — because that is the currency of the Net — than it was...
Folksonomies: internet technology society
Folksonomies: internet technology society
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Some observations made by the author about how his thinking and behaviors have changed through online technologies.

01 JAN 2010

 An Antiquated Observation on Computer Memory Storage

The first thing to face is that we shall not store all the technical and scientific papers in computer memory. We may tore the parts that can be summarized most succinctly--the quantitative parts and the reference citations--but not the whole. Books are among the most beautifully engineered, and human-engineered, components in existence, and they will continue to be functionally important within the context of man-computer symbiosis. (Hopefully, the computer will expedite the finding, deliver...
  1  notes
MemexPlex stores summarized data for convenience, just the memes, but this author believes storing all published information would be impossible. In his time, it was.
01 JAN 2010

 Vannsvar Bush's Memex Vision

All this is conventional, except for the projection forward of present-day mechanisms and gadgetry. It affords an immediate step, however, to associative indexing, the basic idea of which is a provision whereby any item may be caused at will to select immediately and automatically another. This is the essential feature of the memex. The process of tying two items together is the important thing. When the user is building a trail, he names it, inserts the name in his code book, and taps it out...
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What makes the memex different from other tools is its ability to link memes together and forge "paths" through knowledge.

30 NOV -0001

 Cut-And-Paste Before Computers

The method is simple. Here is one way to do it. Take a page. Like this page. Now cut down the middle and cross the middle. You have four sections: 1 2 3 4... one two three four. Now rearrange the sections placing section four with section one and section two with section three. And you have a new page. Sometimes it says much the same thing, Sometimes something quite different--cutting up political speeches is an interesting exercise--in any case you will find that it says something and someth...
Folksonomies: mashup
Folksonomies: mashup
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William S. Burroughs suggests finding new meaning in old works by creating mashups of texts.


References

30 DEC 2013

 An Address to Men of Science

Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Carlile, Richard (1821), An Address to Men of Science, Retrieved on 2013-12-30
  • Source Material [books.google.com]
  • Folksonomies: science
    Folksonomies: science
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    15 NOV 2013

     Author's Guild VS Google Inc

    Legal Materials>Court Decision, Lower Federal:  Chin, Denny (11/14/13), Author's Guild VS Google Inc, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, Retrieved on 2013-11-15
  • Source Material [www.scribd.com]
  • Folksonomies: copyright fair use
    Folksonomies: copyright fair use
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    12 JAN 2012

     The Supply of Information to the Scientist: Some Problems...

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Bernal , John Desmond (1957), The Supply of Information to the Scientist: Some Problems of the Present Day, The Journal of documentation, 1957, 13, 195, Retrieved on 2012-01-12
  • Source Material [books.google.com]
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    03 JAN 2012

     You Are Not A Gadget

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Lanier, Jaron (2010-01-28), You Are Not A Gadget, Penguin, Retrieved on 2012-01-03
  • Source Material [books.google.com]
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    03 MAY 2011

     The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Ridley , Matt (2003-05-01), The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature, Harper Perennial, Retrieved on 2011-05-03
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    21 APR 2011

     Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Seibel , Peter (2009-09-16), Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming, Apress, Retrieved on 2011-04-21
  • Source Material [codersatwork.com]
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    15 APR 2011

     We Are Just Not Digging The Whole Anymore

    Electronic/World Wide Web>Blog:  Weeks, Linton (March 15, 2011), We Are Just Not Digging The Whole Anymore, NPR, Retrieved on 2011-04-15
  • Source Material [www.npr.org]
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    06 APR 2011

     Scan This Book!

    Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Kelly, Kevin (May 14, 2006), Scan This Book!, New York Times, Retrieved on 2011-04-06
  • Source Material [www.nytimes.com]
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    23 JAN 2011

     The 'Authentic' has Replaced the Reproducible

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Eno, Brian (January, 2010), The 'Authentic' has Replaced the Reproducible, Edge Foundation, Inc., Retrieved on 2010-10-01
  • Source Material [edge.org]
  • Folksonomies: internet technology society
    Folksonomies: internet technology society
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    01 JAN 2010

     As We May Think

    Periodicals>Magazine Article:  Bush, Vannevar (July 1945), As We May Think, Atlantic Monthly, 176(1):101-108, Retrieved on -0001-11-30
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    01 JAN 2010

     Man-Computer Symbiosis

    Periodicals>Journal Article:  Licklider, J.C.R (March 1960), Man-Computer Symbiosis, IRE Transactions on Human Factors in Electronics, HFE-1:4-11, Retrieved on -0001-11-30
  • Source Material [groups.csail.mit.edu]
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    01 JAN 2010

     The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book Chapter:  Burroughs, William S. (1961), The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin, A Casebook on the Beat, 105-106, New York, Retrieved on -0001-11-30
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