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Genre Technology
Written by Douglas Adams
Presented by Douglas Adams
Tom Baker
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 1
Producer(s) Max Whitby
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) BBC
Original network BBC Two
Original release 1990

Hyperland is a 50-minute long documentary movie about hypertext and surrounding technologies. It was written by Douglas Adams and produced and directed by Max Whitby.[1] It ran on BBC Two in 1990. It stars Douglas Adams as a computer user and Tom Baker as a personification of a software agent.

In the show Adams has a dream where he is browsing through various media. While Adams is browsing, many people and projects related to the general theme of hypertext and multimedia are presented:

The dream (and the documentary) ends with a vision of how information might be accessed in 2005. Hyperland does describe a number of features of the modern web. This is especially noteworthy because it predates the public release of the first Web browser by about a year.

References[change | change source]

  1. Ted Nelson: Possiplex. 2010, page 272f.
  2. Vannevar Bush (July 1945). "As We May Think". The Atlantic. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  3. Robert Epstein (29 January 1991). "'Future Tense': The New Link Between Arts and Technology". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 

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