Before you proceed, a word of introduction.

More than just archiving the two Town Hall Meetings conducted during the Computers and Writing 1999 Conference in Rapid City, SD, this webtext is primarily intended to provide a framework for our critique and analysis of these events. We have taken a unique approach to this challenge, one we hope you will find engaging and thought-provoking.

The next level of this webtext presents you with three choices, three other webtexts, each representing a unique lens through which to view the 1999 Town Hall Meetings. We have entitled these webtexts "Sequential Writing with Hyperlinks," "Interactive Webtext," and "Randomly Generated Text." Each presents the same information in different ways. Further information about our methodologies for these webtexts is available in each introductory level.

Each webtext is augmented with unique artwork, all adopted from late 19th Century advertising graphics, which, we hope, conceptualize the intent of the particular webtext and promote common themes throughout all three. One common theme, indeed the conceptual framework that provides the unity for this webtext collection of three webtexts, is the notion of fin de siècle, or "the end of the century." As we state in "About this Webtext" essay, we chose this idea because it best captures the sentiments our presenters express in their comments during the last Computers and Writing Town Hall Meetings of the 20th Century.

Why three choices, you may wonder? The answer is multivalent and multivocal: To reflect the past, present, and future times; to make connections between the these time periods in relation to the three philosophies---that is, Idealism, Pragmatism, and Skepticism---driving our presenters' comments about the field of Computers and Writing; and to provide multiple, diverse, and complex retellings of the same event---that is, the Computers and Writing 1999 Town Hall Meetings---within these temporal and philosophical contexts.


John Barber and Dene Grigar

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