YouTube find: Computers for cynics

Ted Nelson is one of the people who invented the Internet. Kind of.

Computers for Cynics is a series of lo-fi video rants about the history of personal computers and the web, and about how it all went wrong. He has a unique perspective and tells a great story.

Ted Nelson just sits in front of his computer and talks. His YouTube channel is a lot of fun.

Since the 60’s, Nelson has been working on Xanadu, a model for computer documents and computer networks that is not limited to hierarchical relationships and paper-based metaphors. Here’s a demo of a Xanadu document he uploaded just recently, in the same lo-fi style as all his other videos.

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