This editorial argues that the dominant conception of computing ignores most of its transformative potential as a medium to express ideas, especially in the humanities and social sciences. I advocate, in the tradition of Alan Kay and Douglas Engelbart, for a "real computer revolution" where computer technology enables immediate and dynamic exploration of systems. I suggest that the computer medium is best compared to writing in its possible cognitive and social impact. Finally, I reference promising early works, suggest principles which typify the new medium, and propose ways for the interested reader to become involved with this field.
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