Hypertexting

March 4, 2010 at 11:50 am (Thoughts)

I spent about 20 minutes in Jason Nelson’s world, and I can’t handle much more than that for now.  I did get some ideas though, and I am sure the audacity program and tutorial will come in handy.  I haven’t had much time to work on the site itself yet, but I do have some pretty good ideas about what I want to do.  My biggest concern with hypertext in general is that it doesn’t really have an entry or exit point.  Even when I clicked directly onto a link from Google, I was not sure if the page I ended up with was where I should start or not.  I am aware there is no right or wrong answer to this, but it concerns me for a number of different reasons.

I am a pro-technology person who does not believe we are somehow separate from it, but what I was experiencing when I went to these hypertext sites was an extreme lack of patience.  Perhaps that is exactly what one needs to commit themselves to learning something from the hypertext literature itself, but I really did not feel like journeying through all the possible paths a certain link or rollover took me on.  T.S. Eliot once said that modern poetry should be difficult, and I understand what he meant, and perhaps it is the same case with hypertext; however, at times it was even hard to read the blurb before it disappeared forever (at least I couldn’t get it back).

Now that I have given my concerns, I do think there are some great opportunities to be had here.  I am sure most of the modernist writers would have loved this as well as existential and phenomenological philosophers.  So it is difficult and it takes a little patience…I guess I can deal with that.  A professor once told me there are one-read books and then there are multiple-read books.  Well, hypertext literature seems like a multiple read/visit type of text.  I think it will be useful, and I am sure we can learn something from it.  Furthermore, I look forward to contributing my piece.

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