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Peter Krapp

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676248

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676248.001.0001

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Hypertext and Its Anachronisms

Hypertext and Its Anachronisms

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(p.1) 1 Hypertext and Its Anachronisms
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Peter Krapp

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676248.003.0001

This chapter explores hypertext as a popular form of computer-mediated communication that has raised perhaps the highest expectations for a transformation of culture. It considers how the widespread aestheticization of digital forms of expression, which distinguishes between hypermedia and intermedia, separates fiction from interactive art, etc., fails to account for the fundamental question raised by hypertext: how to explain the anachronism of claiming precursors and forefathers while presenting a radical departure. It argues that plurivocal hypertext may have seemed like a radical shift but in fact grew out of the historical logic of the archive and the database. It also examines the convergence hypothesis and some of its proponents, including George Landow, and their claim that Roland Barthes anticipated hypertext. Finally, it looks at a number of twentieth-century thinkers who relied extensively on index cards, such as media theorist Harold Innis.

Keywords:   hypertext, computer-mediated communication, hypermedia, intermedia, interactive art, archive, database, convergence hypothesis, Roland Barthes, index cards

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