27. The Open Society and Its Media

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More
  1. Mark S. Miller,
  2. with E. Dean Tribble,
  3. Ravi Pandya and
  4. Marc Stiegler

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch27

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

How to Cite

Miller, M. S., Dean Tribble, w. E., Pandya, R. and Stiegler, M. (2013) The Open Society and Its Media, in The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future (eds M. More and N. Vita-More), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch27

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118334294

Online ISBN: 9781118555927

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Keywords:

  • electronic media;
  • open society;
  • social hypertext systems;
  • societal decision-making;
  • societal discourse;
  • Xanadu system

Summary

Electronic media present tremendous opportunities for improving the nature of society. This chapter addresses how discourse affects society, and how changes in media may improve societal discourse. It discusses the nature of open media, how they differ from closed media, and how social hypertext systems can enhance the advantages of those media. Next, it describes the Xanadu system, media for the process of societal discourse and societal decision-making, and how it was built to achieve these goals. First, it discusses the four fundamental features of Xanadu system – links, transclusion, versioning, and detectors. Then, it presents an example using them. Finally, it describes the remaining four features – permissions, reputation-based filtering, multimedia, and external transclusion.