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Prototype for a Black Cyborg Subject: A Tinderbox HTML Export Demonstration

In the middle of posting this entry, I found out that one of the writers of Marvel’s 1991 Deathlok series, Dwayne McDuffie, was considering purchasing my dissertation. I don’t even know what my royalty rate is. To be honest, I’m a bit freaked out. McDuffie will probably hate what I have to say.

I’m revising the second chapter of my dissertation, Recombinant Media: The Mutation of Subjectivity in a Post-Print Culture, and have been using Eastgate System’s Tinderbox to facilitate my research. The software has a small but extremely dedicated following, and there is a reason for this dedication: the software is amazing. I believe software like Tinderbox (a class of software which includes also Zengobi’sCurio, Devon Technologies’ DevonThink, and Bare Bones Software’s Yojimbo) which are information/content management systems are The Next Big Thing™ in software.1 It will be years before people begin to understand why we need such software and what to do with it. I have been telling my colleagues (George Hartley and Catherine Taylor, in particular) about the features of Tinderbox, a program with an enormously steep and long learning curve. Today, I finally wrapped my head around exporting notes to HTML: here are the results for my article, “Prototype for a Black Cyborg Subject” 2.

Combined with the fact that this material is on my local machine, Tinderbox makes updating my research and making it web-accessible as easy as CMD-Shift-H. end of article


1 About This Particular Macintosh has an in-depth article about Tinderbox (October 2004) entitled “Deep Tinderbox”.

2 The results (as of this writing) are fairly, uh, unpretty.

Works Cited

McDuffie, Dwayne and Gregory Wright. Deathlok. New York: Marvel Comics, 1991. 1.1-1.5 (July-November 1991).

Wilcox, Johnnie. Recombinant Media: The Mutation of Subjectivity in a Post-Print Culture (Thomas Pynchon, Ralph Ellison, Dwayne McDuffie, Gregory Wright). Diss. University of Virginia, 2005. Ann Arbor: UMI, 2005.



I am interested in reading your chapter on Deathlok, but I couldn't find your e-mail address on your blog (which is very interesting, by the way). Were you aware that my final issue of Deathlok ends with an epigraph quoting the final lines of Invisible Man? "Who knows but on the lower frequencies I speak for you"?