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Episode 267: Winter of Wayback, 1998 (Meghan Daum)


For this week’s episode we’re talking about Meghan Daum’s 1998 essay, “On the Fringes of the Physical World,” which details her mostly-online relationship with a man who reached out to her with a fan email. 

We also talk about the promise (and disappointment?) of hypertext fiction, the beginnings of fantasy football, and the movie You’ve Got Mail.

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2 thoughts on “Episode 267: Winter of Wayback, 1998 (Meghan Daum)

  1. Is it that hypertext fiction didn’t catch on, or do we not just call it that anymore? I feel like there’s an argument that visual novels and ‘walking simulator’-style games could be considered hypertext. They’re even more niche, but CHYOA style games like those made with Twine would also count.

    • That’s a really good point, Erin. I think you could definitely make the point that certain kinds of games are using those principles and technologies to create a kind of “hypertext” experience.

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