Links from 2021-09-27
A century ago, the leading symbol of information management was the filing cabinet; by the turn of the millennium, it was Google search.
Aaron Reed’s 50 Years of Text Games (intro) so far covers 1971-1986. But several dissertations reconsider texts from the further past in similar terms: "machine[s] for producing possible worlds".
If, as Eco argues, a literary text is “a machine for producing possible worlds”, including the many worlds the audience imagines, then one way of looking at computer games is as machines for producing such machines.
The Grand Hotel was designed by Nikola Dobrović (1897-1967) in the early 1930s for the native island family. The construction took several years and represented an attraction nothing like what had been seen before, and when the hotel opened in 1936, it kicked off the development of modern tourism on Lopud.