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--American Heritage Dictionary
- Over; above; beyond: hypercharge.
- Excessive; excessively: hypercritical.
- Existing in more than three dimensions: hyperspace.
- Linked or arranged nonsequentially: hypertext.
Hypertext [...]In computing, a hypertext system is one for displaying information that contains references (called hyperlinks or simply links) to other information on the system, and for easily publishing, updating and searching for the information. The most well-known hypertext system is the World Wide Web. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypertext
HypermediaHypermedia is a term used as a logical extension of the term hypertext, in which audio, video, plain text, and non-linear hyperlinks intertwine to create a generally non-linear medium of information. This contrasts with multimedia, which, although often capable of random access in terms of the physical medium, is essentially linear in nature.
The World Wide Web is a classic example of hypermedia, whereas a movie on a DVD is an example of standard multimedia. Of course, the lines between the two can (and often do) blur depending on how a particular technological medium is implemented. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypermedia [Jul 2004]
HyperrealityHyperreality (not to be confused with surrealism) is a concept in semiotics and postmodern philosophy. The most famous hyperrealists include Jean Baudrillard, Daniel Boorstin, and Umberto Eco. --http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperreality, Jan 2004
HypermodernismVirilio is, therefore, one of the most important and thought-provoking cultural theorists on the contemporary intellectual battlefield. Just the same, unlike Lyotard's or Baudrillard's postmodernism, Virilio's hypermodernism does not articulate itself as a divergence from modernism and modernity but as a critical analysis of modernism and modernity through a catastrophic perception of technology. It is for these and other reasons that Virilio defines his general position as a critic of the art of technology. Virilio's theoretical position and cultural sensibilities concerning technology thus remain beyond the realm of even critical cultural theory. He does not depend on intellectual 'explanations' but on 'the obvious quality of the implicit' (Virilio and Lotringer, 1997 : 44.) On the one hand, therefore, Virilio is a cultural theorist who movingly considers the tendencies of the present period. On the other, he is a cultural theorist who utterly rejects cultural theory. --CTHEORY.NET > Beyond Postmodernism? by John Armitage, http://www.ctheory.net/text_file.asp?pick=133
Hypermodernism (wikipedia)Hypermodernism refers to a cultural, artistic, literary and architectural movement distinguished from Modernism and Postmodernism chiefly by its extreme and antithetical approach. Although the term is sometimes used to describe extreme modernists such as Le Corbusier, it has come to have some aspects of modernism filtered through the latest technological materials and approaches to design or composition. References to magic and an underlying flexible self-identity often coupled with a strong irony of statement categorize the movement. Some theorists view hypermodernism as a form of resistance to standard modernism; others see it as late romanticism in modernist trappings. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypermodernism, Apr 2004
Hypersexuality is an abnormally heightened level of sexuality.
Nymphomania is the name of what was believed to be a psychological disorder peculiar to women characterized by an overactive libido and an obsession with sex. In men the disorder was called satyriasis (for etymology of the words, see nymph and satyr). As with all psychological disorders, it is only considered an illness if it is sufficient to prevent the sufferer from living a normal life.
As with many other things, sex drive varies widely, and what one person would consider a normal sex drive would be considered excessive by some, and low by others. However, a sex drive so strong that it prevents one living a normal life is excessive by any standards.
Nymphomania is no longer listed as a specific disorder in the DSM-IV, although hypersexuality in either sex can be viewed as a symptom of other disorders, such as bipolar disorder. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypersexuality [Aug 2004]
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