The New Media Reader

⊗ CD Contents

The New Media Reader CD contains videos, programs, and electronic documents from the history of new media, for classroom use and individual study. A listing of the CD's contents is presented here—including active links to a few sample pages—as is the CD's preface and guide.


Sketchpad, Grail, and the Dynabook discussed by Alan Kay. 1962–77.

Video of Kay's 1986 talk about three important projects, including video documentation of all three.

Spacewar! by Stephen Russell et al. 1962.

The first modern video game, running in a PDP-1 emulator.

Eliza/Doctor by Joseph Weizenbaum. 1964–66.

The first chatterbot. This simulated psychotherapist is available for a session.

The NLS demo by Douglas Engelbart. 1968.

Film footage of the first demonstration of hypertext, the mouse, and videoconferencing, among other innovations.


Basic programs by Gregory Yob and Judy Malloy. 1973–91.

The early hit computer game Hunt the Wumpus (1973) alongside a collaborative literary system, You! (1991), that is also written in Basic.

Interactive fiction. 1975–93.

The first work in this form, Adventure, (which gave its name to the "text adventure") along with a later work produced after the commercial boom: Curses.

The Architecture Machine Group. 1978–83.

Video documentation of this MIT research group's projects Put-That-There and the Aspen Movie Map.

Atari games. 1979–81.

Missile Command, Yar's Revenge, and Adventure running in Atari 2600 emulation, along with some documentation of Star Raiders.

Diagram Series 3 and 4 by Jim Rosenberg. 1979–84.

Poems in ASCII that were originally published by being printed out on line printers.

Lorna and Deep Contact by Lynn Hershman. 1979–89.

Video documentation of Lorna, the first interactive videodisc artwork, and Hershman's later Deep Contact.


Apple II games. 1981–84.

Jordan Mechner's early, cinematically-inspired Karateka; the first text-and-graphics adventure game, Mystery House; and Wings out of Shadow from the company Berserker Works—all running in Apple II emulation.

Philes. 1983–90.

Textfiles written by users of dial-up BBSs, including the first issue of an infamous underground magazine, and presented along with an early send-up of Star Wars from USENET.

In the Ocean of Streams of Story by Graeme Weinbren. 1986–93.

An interactive essay that includes video documentation of Weinbren's interactive video projects The Erl King (done with Roberta Friedman) and Sonata.

"forking paths" by Stuart Moulthrop. 1987.

Complete documentation of this previously unpublished hypertext fiction, based on Jorge Luis Borges's story.

Four hypertext poems by William Dickey. 1988–90.

"Fours," "Heresy," "Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra," and one of Dickey's erotic poems, "Accomplished Night."


Shareware by various authors. 1990–91.

Episode 1 of Commander Keen for PC, along with the Mac shareware offerings MacTuberling and Spit on Saddam.

Writing on the Edge by various authors. 1991.

The Spring 1991 issue included this special section, edited by Stuart Moulthrop, and was bundled with Storypace hypertexts "Izme Pass" by Carolyn Guyer and Martha Petry and "WOE" by Michael Joyce, also included.

The Clue by Robert Kendall. 1991.

An animated poem with soundtrack, as a program for PC and documented on video.

Poems by John Cayley. 1992–95.

Cybertext poems (created in HyperCard) from the winner of the Electronic Literature Organization's first poetry prize.

Early work on the Web. 1995–96.

The Web-published fiction The Electronic Chronicles; records of the Parkbench performances; the hypervideo documentary Jerome B. Wiesner: A Random Walk Through the 20th Century; and the dancing baby.

The Web site for The New Media Reader (824 pp. + CD-ROM)
Edited by Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montfort
Book design by Michael Crumpton