Ted Nelson’s “Computers for Cynics”

You may not have heard of Ted Nelson, but he is the guy who first imagined hypertext back in the late 1950s.  Recently I stumbled upon a series of short videos called “Computers for Cynics” in which Ted Nelson talks about what is wrong with computers and particularly with user interfaces.

Perhaps the observation I liked most was when he said that the WYSIWIG interface (invented at XEROX PARC and popularized by Apple) was just a way to simulate paper on computers. After all WYSIWIG stands for “What You See Is What You Get” ….. after you print!

Anyway here is a link to these videos on YouTube. Enjoy!


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