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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Thomas rated it liked it Nov 15, References Cook, Patrick J. Murray Limited preview – Holkdeck of it was literature, but most was in the context of new and at the point of publication, new mediums. Murray’s predictions are generally correct in their basic principles and way off the mark on specific details.

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Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace

Taking up where Marshall McLuhan left off, Murray offers profound and provocative answers to these and other questions. Harbingers of the Holodeck. This uamlet of the merely linear may arouse anxiety in readers — or viewers — seeking simple closure; it is obviously embraced by Janet Murray, and probably by most readers of this review if they’ve gotten this far and haven’t instead gone off with the book for themselves.

I think I made it more than halfway through, but then the semester got intense and I never finished it. Incredible subject matter with some amazing predictions about the future of storytelling. However it is yamlet to see how many of the predictions Murray laid out came to be.


Books by Janet H. We are all in her debt for this richly engaging book.

From Additive to Expressive Form. Janet Murray surely qualifies as one of these liberatory storytellers. Return to Book Page. Can the writer withhold information and sustain suspense when the reader has access to a web-page detailing background information on the characters and their backgrounds, their motivations and probable moves? Mar 31, Vilis rated it liked it. If “the holodeck is an optimistic technology for exploring inner life,” then how can it be put to best use of its specific potential?

This book is still cited often despite its age, and it is still a good introduction to the subject of narrative in new media. In the enactment of stories, how are we transformed, even if only potentially?

An exploration of the evolution of narrative as it crosses into digital media. Janet Horowitz MurrayMurray. Refresh and try again. Hamlet on the Holodeck eBook Jul 09, Mark Poulsen rated it it was amazing.

Computer technology of the late twentieth century is astonishing, thrilling, and strange, and no one is better qualified than Janet Murray to offer a breathtaking tour of how it is thw the stories we live by. I’m almost finished with this one, and really recommend it for anyone studying new media literature or attempting to write it.

Free Press February Length: Not 5 stars because it reads alot like a university textbook at times it is one and she gets super nerdy MUDs and role playing games and loses her practicality at times.


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John McLaughlin review of Hamlet on the Holodeck by Janet Murray

In other words, can there be a “humane and meaningful” use of the story-telling resources of the computer, or are we fated to be suckers for the “dehumanizing illusions that the dystopians warn about”? Which one will lead us to a new Shakespeare? The rather bodice-ripping story in which Capt.

Book Reviews digital narrative Research. Jan 14, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: This “protean environment,” the networked computer, could be put to drivelous uses yes, I made up the adjective, for the benefit of Eric Crump.

This to the extent that Murray prefaces the new edition with an anecdote in which a friend advises her to update the book with a three-word tweet: I lose patience with Calvino [in “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler”] when he repeatedly dissolves the illusion” p. Murray sees the harbingers of such a world in the fiction of Borges and Calvino, movies hhamlet “Groundhog Day,” and the videogames and Web sites of the s.

Shedissects the titillating effect of cyber-narratives in which stories never climax and never end, because everything is morphable, and there are always infinite possibilities for the next scene.

Oct 03, Genevieve rated it really liked it.