Image (above, circa 1975): “DIRECTION in the midst of CONFUSION.”

As one of the first 3 graduates of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program in the spring of 1981, I was uniquely positioned to participate in what was eventually to become”the Web”.  The ITP (as it was known) was one of  the first post-graduate programs to focus on “the emerging Information Economy” and the impending deregulation of the communications industries.

February 18, 1981
The Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU
Course: Organizational Systems
Instructors: Cal Pava and Martin Elton

This informal proposal is a little spacey, but it is also kinda interesting…

Writers & their Books

Books are among the first methods for the collaborative engagement of ideas  They remain among the best.

Douglas Hoftstadter

Gödel, Escher, Bach Explores “common themes in the lives and works of logician Kurt Gödel, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach,”.  It is “a metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll


Gregory Bateson

Steps to an Ecology of Mind  …a “meta-science” of epistemology to bring together the various early forms of systems theory developing in different fields of science.”


Lewis Carroll

The Annotated Alice It has extensive annotations explaining the contemporary references (including the Victorian poems that Carroll parodies), mathematical concepts, word play, and Victorian traditions.


…. and so we come full circle.


* Note:  In my paper I described the content of the short film “Powers of 10” fairly accurately, but not the details.  Information, Memory, Truth.



Eventually, I settled down and completed the graduate course at the Interactive Telecommunications Program in a fairly civilized manner.  But these are the roots.


My other Graduate Papers from the ITP


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