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David Dylan Thomas—Links as Language (Joint event with PANMA)

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.

Questions Answered:

  • 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?

Speaker Bio:

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.


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.

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  • Carole C.


    October 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good speaker. He spoke too fast and without a mike, so I heard about 75 percent. But he was way too technical for me, a person who writes for the web.

    October 25, 2012

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