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 Marvels 1991 Deathlok series, Dwayne McDuffie, was considering purchasing my dissertation. I dont even know what my royalty rate is. To be honest, Im a bit freaked out. McDuffie will probably hate what I have to say.
Im revising the second chapter of my dissertation, Recombinant Media: The Mutation of Subjectivity in a Post-Print Culture, and have been using Eastgate Systems 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 ZengobisCurio, Devon Technologies DevonThink, and Bare Bones Softwares 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.
2 The results (as of this writing) are fairly, uh, unpretty.
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.