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Links as Language: How Hyperlinks Are Changing the Way We Read & Write

Links as Language: How Hyperlinks Are Changing the Way We Read & Write

They’re the most basic technology on the web, but we underestimate just how much links are changing the way we read and write. Links give writers a way to play with reader expectations and give readers a way to turn the act of reading into a form of gameplay.  We’ll discuss how links actually create meaning, how to use them as an artful writing tool, and how all of this is changing the very nature of knowledge in the 21st century.


Questions Answered

1. How can you use links to make your writing more engaging?

2. How are links turning the web into a text-based game space?

3. What are the best/worst practices for using hyperlinks?

4. What new technologies threaten the future of hyperlinks?

5. How are links enabling a fundamental shift in how we define knowledge?



About the Speaker:

Writer, filmmaker, and content specialist David Dylan Thomas blogs about entertainment and technology at when he's not shooting Developing Philly, a web series about the rise of the Philadelphia innovation community. He co-hosts the Talking Pictures and Pick 3 podcasts and was recently published in the Fringe essay compilation Fringe Science.  He's spoken at SXSW, BarCamp Philly, and PodCamp Philly. He currently serves as Director, Cultural Engagement for the John Templeton Foundation.




Register today at :

Time: Doors open at 5:30pm. Program 6 - 7:30pm. Q&A and networking until 8pm.

Date: 10/25/12


Location: University of PA Wharton School, JH Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104

Room: G-255


This event is free, thanks to our sponsors! Pizza and Refreshments will be served.

PANMA is grateful to our sponsors for their support of our programs:

Wharton School of the University of PA, providing our wonderful venue and the pizza!


If you are interested in joining PANMA's sponsors,



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  • Laura O'Hear C.

    My RSVP earlier didn't send because a cell tower is down near me. I resent now that I am in the car. Might I please still attend? I am starting a new company this week and this is hyper-relevant! Laura O'Heat Church

    October 25, 2012

    • Nick F.

      Yes, room 255. See you then.

      October 25, 2012

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