Flaws of the radical break theory
As a general theory of digital hypertext this ’radical break’ dichotomy is false.
- Artificially constructed dichotomy: oranges and apples
- Hypertext is tied to a specific narrative ideal: why advocate one form?
- Does not reflect widespread use of hypertext: text and archives on web
1) In many ways the dichotomy is a false construct: at the level of the text because we know of many non-linear printed texts (encyclopedias, dictionaries, catalogues, subject indexes and manuals) that were never meant for linear reading. At the level of
2) A specific narrative principle is made a normative ideal independently of the genre and purpose of communication.
3) Widespread praxis in the use of hypertext indicates that many textual genres are not changing the way suggested by Bolter.
I think we have to start from another understanding of what hypertext is - by focusing more on the link.