I think that Thomas Jefferson would have loved hypertext

Posted on March 7, 2008 by


The Life and Morals of Jesus of NazarethI’ve been meaning to mention this for a couple of weeks and am just today getting around to it, but I can’t help but think that Thomas Jefferson would have loved the power of hypertext. After cutting out portions of the Bible and reorganizing those clippings in a way that reflected his beliefs (the Jefferson Bible)… well, maybe he would have just been happy with the idea of “cut and paste,” but I still think he would have had a greater appreciation for the more dynamic abilities offered through hypertext. I can only imagine Jefferson carefully cutting out Biblical passages and laying them out around him in a way that gave him a chance to reorganize the material in a way that it made sense to him. What an incredible feat to keep everything organized! I wonder, if he did have hypertext, how he may have made hyperlinks between certain passages… hmmmm…

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