Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Introducing the word "hypertext"

I am interested in discussing readings of "Patwork Girl" by everyone in section. My experience with "Patchwork Girl" was one of the first times I realized the dynamic of a project that exists purely in HTML. It is important to see the genealogy of hypertext returning to the theoretical roots of this term as introduced by Nelson in "The File Structure for the Complex, The Changing and the Indeterminate." Nelson states,
Let me introduce the word "hypertext" to mean a body of written or pictorial material interconnected in such a complex way that it could not conveniently be presented or represented on paper. It may contain summaries, or maps of its contents and their interrelations: it may contain annotations, additions and footnotes from scholars who have examined it. Let me suggest that such a nobject and system, properly designed and administered, could have great potential for education, increasingthe student's range of choices, his sense of freedom, his motivation, and his intellectual grasp. Such a system could grow indefinitely, gradually including more and more of the world;'s written knowledge.
(Nelson, 96).

It is surprising to see how foundational this text is for the modern architecture of the internet. It is also amazing to look beyond the form of the World Wide Web and consider coding languages as medium onto themselves. I am interested in what people have to say in regards to this and "Patchwork Girl." In addition, I wonder if others enjoyed the exaggerated if not hyper-intertextuality of especially in the "quilt" portion of the text.

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