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Thesis Info

LABS ID
00120
Title
Thought, Expression and Hypermediacy
Author
Carlos Alberto Augusto
2nd Author
3rd Author
Degree
MA
Year
1993
Number of Pages
University
Simon Fraser University
Thesis Supervisor
Barry Truax
Supervisor e-mail
truax AT sfu.ca
Other Supervisor(s)
Language(s) of Thesis
English
Department / Discipline
Communication
Languages Familiar to Author
Portuguese, English, French
URL where full thesis can be found
www.euphonium.pt/augusto
Keywords
Interactive multimedia, Thought and thinking
Abstract: 200-400 words
Hypermedia permits the possibility of combining video, graphic, acoustic and written data within the same computer controlled platform. Several new attributes are thus added to these media, namely, random access, interconnectivity and mass storage. Some authors have defended that hypermedia constitutes a new major shift in human cognition, similar to the shift that occurred in moving from orality to literacy. In this thesis this possibility is discussed. A model for the analysis of the oral and literary paradigms is suggested which focus on the double role of language as both an instrument to express and to achieve knowledge. Analysis through this model helps unveil the mechanisms that led orality and literacy into becoming major stages in human cognitive development. The same model is applied to the study of hypermedia. Analysis reveals that hypermedia can potentially embody a new shift in human cognition but many obstacles have to be overcome