The purpose of On Going Hyper: An English Professor's Introduction
to Hypermedia and the World Wide Web is to provide English
language, composition and literature professionals with a critical
history and analysis of the trends in hypermedia and, particularly,
the hypermedia of the Web, which will likely have--indeed, are
already having--a profound impact on research and teaching in
general but on reading and writing more specifically.
Going Hyper, which is organized to be useful to professors
in general but to English professors in particular, features chapters
that explain and explore:
this text investigates the military origins of hypertext and the
military contributions of its inventor, Vannevar Bush, demonstrating
how the threats of atomic and nuclear warfare after World War II
spurred on the progress of the Internet. It also critiques the commercial
aspects of the Web, especially as they relate to higher education
and English studies.
history of the Internet/World Wide Web and hypermedia;
the theories of hypermedia studies as well as the poststrructuralist/postmodern
theories of philosophy, literature and art that are applicable
or related to hypermedia; and
current practice of using Web-based hypermedia and other electronic
means of instruction in higher education, with an emphasis on
pedagogy in distance education environments.