The Web of Text and the Web of God: An Essay on the Third Information Transformation

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Guilford Publications, Apr 10, 1998 - Education - 240 pages
Technology's influence upon our sense of self and our consciousness of the world around us has been a subject of increasing concern in recent years. Offering a provocative new perspective, this deeply personal book by the late Alan C. Purves, renowned literacy scholar and English educator, embraces as its focus the electronic medium known as hypertext. Elucidating vital connections between the written word and how human beings think, communicate, and worship, Purves thoughtfully examines the vast implications of hypertext for our society's conception of literacy and our philosophical and spiritual lives. An erudite, engaging, and far-reaching investigation of how computers have affected our conception of ourselves as literate, social creatures, this volume will be read with pleasure by students and scholars of education, communication, philosophy, and religion, as well as interested general readers.

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Alan C. Purves, PhD (1931-1996, ) was Professor Emeritus of English and Education at the University of Illinois, Professor Emeritus of Education and Humanities at the State University of New York at Albany, and President of The Scribes Inc., a company specializing in editorial and curriculum consulting in English Language Arts. His professional experience included teaching English at the elementary and secondary levels as well as in colleges and universities. Internationally known as a consultant on curriculum, literature instruction, and assessment, Dr. Purves published numerous articles and books in these areas.

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