Hypertext has often been defined in opposition to the printed text, which is understandable. The underlying dichotomies for the claim of a radical break have been the opposition of linearity vs. nonlinearity and fixity vs. dynamic.
The printed text is seen as a linear and fixed straitjacket of thought and digital hypertext as the remedy of this.
(another version can of this argument can be found in Landow…)
The argument of Bolter and others, that hypertext marks a radical break with print textuality is problematic in more than one respect.