Chapter 3, 4 & Afterword

I had a very difficult time gleaming much usable information from this last chapter. Drucker walks us through the origin and current state of Human Computer Interfaces, referencing back to the grpahical composition of earlier forms of text. I found the whole chapter painful to get through, her wordy sentences flowing into one another. I often needed to read the entirety of page to understand what she was getting at, the individual sentences leaving me with little substance to grab on to despite their length and weight in loaded terminology.

"This dimension, of registering affective qualities of human experience, extends the mechanistic boundaries of computational processing into a dynamic relation with living beings whose continually differentiating experiences is its lifeblood and core."

I understand what she is saying and do think it's a crucial aspect of the project to highlight but Jesus f*ing Christ, was there no simpler way to say that? For someone that reiterates the need for humanistic interfaces I often felt I was trying to understand some alien translation.

We very well may be pushing up against the limits of my vocabulary and intellect here as I often felt like Druckers philosophical musings, straightforward and logical as they were, were written with an irresponsibly complexity, perhaps as some form of gate keeping; distracting the reader from the lack of solutions with an appeal to academia.

Her idea of the next iteration of a digital book, perhaps deserving of a new label all together, reminded me of this clip from Werner Herzog's documentary on the internet, "Lo & Behold", in which he interviews Ted Nelson on his idea of a universal system of hyperlinking all text:

Ted Nelson in Herzog's "Lo and Behold"