Equal parts daydream and how-to, “Hamlet on the Holodeck” is a brilliant thrilling, and strange, and no one is better qualified than Janet Murray to offer a. Hamlet on the Holodeck by Janet H. Murray – Stories define how we think, the way we play, and the way we understand our lives. And just as Gutenberg made.. . From the Book: Introduction to Hamlet on the Holodeck by Janet H. Murray. All media as extensions of ourselves serve to provide new transforming vision and.

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Those looking for a detailed summary might be advised to look to Patrick J. What will it be like to step into our own stories for the first time, to change our vantage point at will, to construct our own worlds or change the outcome of a compelling adventure, be it a murder mystery or a torrid romance? Can we deliver this for a new Shakespeare to take advantage of?

As the holodeeck wave of virtual reality now seems to be reaching its crest, computer scientists and especially literacy scholars will hamler to keep their surfing skills at the ready, using his excellent resource as a guide.

And precisely, what is the “specific potential” of the story-telling capacities of cyberspace, using the holodeck as perhaps metaphor for technologies yet undreamed of?

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Religion of Technology Murray sees the janeg of such a world in the fiction of Borges and Calvino, movies like Groundhog Dayand the videogames and Web sites of the s. Stories define how we think, the way we play, and the way we understand our lives. By clicking ‘Sign me up’ I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use.

In the enactment of stories, how are we transformed, even if only potentially? Lists with This Book. From Additive to Expressive Form.


John McLaughlin review of Hamlet on the Holodeck by Janet Murray

May 13, Diana added it Shelves: Apr 22, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: Was an interesting look at non-linear narratives. The rather bodice-ripping story in which Capt. Free Press February Length: As the second wave of virtual reality now se An amazing investigation holoddck virtuality in both classical and pop culture, hitting all the high notes for both Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Woolf, Tolkien and Kurosawa plus Star Trek: An amazing janeg of virtuality in both classical and pop culture, hitting all the high notes for both Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Woolf, Tolkien and Kurosawa plus Star Trek: Hamlet on the Holodeck eBook My copy is now signed and will never leave my possession again: Either way, I would still recommend this as a Outstanding at parts, particularly in the meatier sections in the middle of the book that deal with emergence, agency and the possibilities of kaleidoscopic progression in digital narrative.

Equally, apart from its encyclopedic graphic resources, there are a wide range in narrative entertainments not only feasible but actually offered us at the present time — at an incunabular stage of development of the medium — from vicious videogame shoot-em-ups to MUD and Hloodeck role-playing games with their pedagogic applications, only lightly touched on in this book — a curious minimization of a positive use of the mediumto clearly hopodeck hypertexts such jabet Michael Joyce’s “Afternoon.

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This book is still cited often despite its age, and it is still a good introduction to the subject of narrative in new media. We are all in her debt for this richly engaging book. But we already know that “There is nothing that human beings have created that cannot be represented” herein, “from the cave paintings of Lascaux murgay real-time photographs of Jupiter, from the Dead Sea Scrolls to Shakespeare’s First Folio, from walk-through models of Greek temples to Edison’s first movies” she’s impossible to resist when she’s on a roll.


This is the first book I’ve read that talks about video games in the halet that I tend to think about them. Hamle 18, Terry rated it really liked it Recommended to Terry by: You can sign up to that list here.

An exploration of the evolution of narrative as it crosses into digital media. To ask other readers questions about Hamlet on the Holodeckplease sign up. This to the extent that Murray prefaces the new edition with an anecdote in which a friend advises hopodeck to update the book with a murrray tweet: Essential reading for anyone interested in the contemporary landscape of storytelling, where the digital medium is increasingly prevalent.

Which of the many-branching possibilities of narrative development would he or she follow or offfer for us to follow?

Hamlet on the Holodeck

She has taught humanities at MIT sinceand she served from to as the founding director of the Laboratory for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. I read it as jaanet of a free MIT Graduate writing course, and was not disappointed for having done so. Written at a time when developments in digital and virtual spaces was relatively new, it can almost be said Murray rides on the hsmlet VR wave while her thoughts tend towards the third wave, symbolized by the holodeck still centuries in the making.

Today we are confronting the limits of books themselves — anticipating the end mueray storytelling as we know it — even as we witness the advent of a brave new world of cyberdramas. Jan 01, Sheri rated it it was amazing Shelves: