Links as Language: How Hyperlinks Are Changing the Way We Read & Write
Location: Room G-255, Jon M. Huntsman Hall at Penn (Locust Walk Entrance)
3730 Walnut St., Philadelphia
Time: Doors 5:30pm, Event 6-8pm
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.
- How can you use links to make your writing more engaging?
- How are links turning the web into a text-based gamespace?
- What are the best/worst practices for using hyperlinks?
- What new technologies threaten the future of hyperlinks?
- How are links enabling a fundamental shift in how we define knowledge?
Writer, filmmaker, and content specialist David Dylan Thomas blogs about entertainment and technology at www.daviddylanthomas.com 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.
This event is being organized in cooperation with the Philadelphia Area New Media Association. PANMA hosts networking and educational events, where we encourage the connections among our members, offer business opportunities and enjoy good times with friends. We are web designers, graphic artists, database developers, programmers, information architects, marketers and other professionals supporting the regional digital development community.