We didn’t need a special word for interactivity in the same way that we don’t (yet) need a special word for people with only one head.

Today I randomly found a lovely article by the late, lamented Douglas Adams (the perpetrator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) which addresses some of the issues I raised in today’s lecture. He deals specifically with the idea of the internet as a new, incredibly fast-changing technology, and its impact on our habits of community and communication; his point about the comparative newness of non-interactive cultural product is well made. It’s also an interesting discussion because it was written in 1999, and thus responds to the early days of the internet; I’m impressed by how many of his comments are still relevant even now, when we take for granted a lot of what he describes. Worth a read; you can find it here.

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