Key points from the Reading:

  • Definition on hypertext generally includes an emphasis on non-sequentiality, as does the one provided by Landow and Delany “Hypertext can be composed, and read, nonsequentially, it is a variable structure, composed of blocks of text
  • Main dilemma lies in the definition of Hypertext due to the word sequence. As used in the definitions above, sequence and sequential denote a singular, fixed, continuous, and authoritative order of reading and writing.
  • However – sequence can also mean “a following of one thing after another; succession, arrangement.
  • Readers of print narratives generally begin reading where print begins on the first page of the book, story, or article and proceed straight through the text to the end
  • In the last 20 years the concept of reading as a passive activity has become theoretically passé, an untenable stance held strictly by the unenlightened.
  • Readers are now ‘breathing light’ into the texts
  • Reading print narratives is far from being a literally interactive activity

Debrief from this:

I found this to be another great read in relation to the survival of the print medium. I strongly believe that the more individuals become interactive, the  harder it will be to sustain print media. At the moment, I think the print and digital medias are living together harmoniously.  However, we all know it’s just a matter of time before the beloved print medium becomes redundant and no longer relevant in our modern society. This is because we all know how much easier it is to click a link on a page rather turn turn it physically. In my opinion, that is the direction in which our society is heading.