breadth and potential of multimedia lends itself to utopian
proposals. The French media theorist Pierre
Levy describes multimedia as belonging to a trajectory of
planetary evolution that runs from DNA to cyberspace -- an arc
that follows pure information as it reaches towards its most
evolved form of expression. He proposes that today's global
networks will usher in an era of "collective intelligence,"
and suggests that "cyberspace constitutes a vast, unlimited
fieldÉ designed to interconnect and provide interface for the
various methods of creation, recording, communication and simulation."
His enthusiastic perspective evokes a world of intriguing possibilities.