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The book I would like to be written, part 2
From: Michael West <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 95 14:25:05 -2400
The book I imagine I'll one day write captures and involves the reader
from the very outset (I couldn't put it down), entertaining her
thoroughly (I laughed, I cried, I gripped the covers as I lay awake
reading) and exciting her to new possibilities of understanding (It
changed my life, it showed me a new way to think, to know, to feel) and
yet, as hypertext, it will observe the following rules without intruding
on the intense reality of her reading experience:
- A network more generally describes the hypertext than a hierarchy, which enforces direction.
- Texts may be thought of as units or fragments of discourse with links or the possibility of links to other texts.
- One way to think about context is as a constellation of texts.
- Alternatively, the simplest context is the single node in which meaning derives from, and inheres in, a text in itself.
- Meaning inheres both in the texts and between and among the texts in constellations of texts
- Texts may be simultaneously involved in multiple schemas or constellations of texts, contributing to different contexts of meaning.
- Unlike traditional narrative in which sequence determines position along a finite temporal path, hypertext redefines sequence in terms of transitional and semantical effects among a variety of contexts in a network.
- Given the potential multiplicity of links among texts, meaning derives from justapositional effects, exploiting irony and ambiguity in its various forms.
- Depending on design, sequences in hypertext may be initiated by the reader, directed by the writer or both.