site serves as a poignant reminder of the intentions of multimedia's
pioneers. Their words, typically written during the heat of
invention, convey a passionate involvement with higher ideals.
To a remarkable degree, these scientists, artists, and theorists
share a commitment to forms of media and communications that
are non-hierarchical, open, collaborative, and reflective of
the free movement of the mind at play. It is, in sum, an extraordinary
vision. But whether we will achieve it is an unresolved question.