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Traditionally, readers are accustomed to linear forms of writing. Brent’s hypertext seemed like an un-navigable maze. Fortunately, the internet, which is one massive hypertext, is much easier to navigate with good design and search engines. We interact with information through the links we choose. It’s not just laid out in a simple linear manner. Brent’s article leaves us all with a different experience and understanding, depending on how we followed the content. Hypertext allows the reader to choose how we follow the information presented, how we put the ideas together and when we have had enough. The material could link indefinitely. This is very different from the book which has a sequential beginning, middle and end. Kenena
One thing that I could say about hypertext reading is that it does create a small attention span. In McLuhan's article about his definition on hot and cool media, he relates Tv as cool and therefore more participatory on the part of the audience as they would have to fill in the gaps to the little information given with the "Now...this." hypothesis. However, with the quick changes of direction on TV and hypertext, I found that I was not filling in any gaps, but simply moving on. I am not sure if this more participatory or just a side affect of growing up in the television era. Jane