Sep 2015

Another experiment with Wittgenstein's Tractatus

Spent some time hacking over the weekend. And here's the result: a minimalist interactive version of Wittgenstein's Tractatus.

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The Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus is a text I've worked with already in the past.

This time I was intrigued by the simple yet super cool typed.js javascript library, which simulates animated typing.

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After testing it out a bit I realised that this approach allows to focus on the text with more attention that having it all displayed at once.

Since the words appear one at a time, it feels more like a verbal dialogue than reading. As a consequence, also the way the meaning of the text gets perceived changes.

Slower, deeper. Almost like meditating. Try it out here.


Cite this blog post:

Michele Pasin. Another experiment with Wittgenstein's Tractatus. Blog post on Published on Sept. 21, 2015.


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