Both the title, the cover and the table of contents, designed by Ira Schneider, suggest a preoccupation with television, although the actual article contents cover a wide range of topics.
One of the elements that makes for Radical Software’s lasting significance is the quality of the people who wrote for it, many of whom were important, or went on to become important, in their chosen fields.
For instance: Mark Hinshaw, author of « Wiring Megalopolis » is an architect, city planner and writer now based in the Pacific Northwest. He is a principal at LMN, a planning and design firm in Seattle and is the author of several books on planning.
Anne Tyng, excerpts from Geometric Extensions of Consciousness, is one of America’s foremost architects and architectural theoreticians. She is mainly known for the work she did with Louis Kahn, with whom she partnered for thirty years.
Willard Van De Bogart, who authored « Eulogy for Culture » still writes on ecology and related subjects at: http://www.earthportals.com/Portal_Messenger/ willard.html He lives in Thailand.
Dale Chihuly wrote « Pilchuck Proposal », and is possibly the world’s foremost glass artist, and an early user of portable video.
Robert Theobold became known as a distinguished futurist. Born in Canada in 1929, he died in Spokane, Washington in 1999. Educated as an economist, his career as a thinker and writer on futurist subjects spanned 40 years. He was the author of several books, and numerous articles, including « Communications and Change » on page 45 of this issue.
The proposal to found a Society for Visual Anthropology by Sol Worth and Jay Rubin on page 49 did, in fact, result in the founding of The Society for the Anthropology of Visual Communication. Worth himself was an interesting character. A photographer and filmmaker, he pursued a career in scholarship in mid life, joining the Annenberg School of Communications. He died in 1977.