Digital hypertext as defined by the link
Hypertext as defined by the link as: a rhetorical device characterized by the ability to perform a user/reader activated mechanized move from one electronic node to another within a more or less tight system of semantic relations.
- Like the ícut/edití in movies the link can be used for a variety of stylistic and semantic purposes. Yet, the link-reading mode is characterized by the emphatic presence of the choice (selection).
- Does not in itself correspond with a particular way of thinking, critical activity, writing praxis, or narrative form as implied by some. *Ricardo, 1998, Kolb, 1997 (?)
The hyperlink in this understanding is neither a medium or a specific nonlinear form, but a rhetoric device among many others in the computer. It is a rhetoric option, which can used for a wide spectrum of narrative forms (both linear and non-linear), for
This implies another approach to theorzing the signification of hypertext for different forms of communication and the relation of hypertext and print.
We have to take into account its effects on specific forms of communication and describe what actually happens, when they are hyperlinked.
In the following I shall be looking on scholarly communication by focusing on scholarly texts and scholarly archives on the web.