Or rather, history is only a haphazard hopscotch through other present moments. How I got from one to the other is unclear. Though I could list my past moments, they would remain discrete( and recombinant in potential if not in fact), hence without shape, without end, without story. Or as many stories as I care to put together."
As we can see in this text from Patchwork Girl, we don't have a solid grip on what we read in hypertext. In some cases we cannot retrace our steps and see how one sentence relates to the other. We only see what is immediately in front of us. Not only that but revisions to text in the internet can happen without leaving a trace. We lose information that could help us understand change in history. It is not as permanent as it could have been written on a piece of paper.
Also information can be perfectly stored in the internet, but where exactly is it? We have no sense of its location. Yes, Google was capable of handing me information that I may have never been lucky to find, but in the way that Google presents it to me, I only see the first few options. No one ever checks the last search results. Google could simply delete that information without us ever noticing. In fact, if we don't know where it is located, did it really ever exist? We are more likely to see a room full of books missing than most of the information we believe is so well stored online.