in her own words...Suniti Namjoshi's last work, Building Babel, contained an electronic chapter which readers could add to, opening Babel to everyone." Visit her own web site, or she can be reached at S.M.Namjoshi@ex.ac.uk.
I have an axe to grind. I want writers - particularly women - particularly those who enjoy poetry and dense text - to get interested in using the World Wide Web as a means of broadcasting and interacting with other writers and readers of poetry. The Web is the more mapped and more easily navigable part of the Internet. There's nothing particularly difficult about navigating it. Nor is there anything particularly difficult about using HTML (Hypertext Mark Up Language) to set up a Web page. What the Internet offers is an analogue for the process of building culture. This process goes on anyway, with or without computers or indeed, any particular form of technology. However, the notion of bits of information stored in computers immediately suggests the other equally obvious notion of bits of information stored in humans brain cells. That is culture. And the accumulation, interchange and restructuring of this information is the cultural process. That we make use of the tools on offer and engage in the process consciously is, in my opinion, critical.