Nelsonian StretchText

[Nicholas Friesner '05, Brown University, created the Java programming that produces this version of stretchtext. Clicking on bold tags will open the text. Clicking again on the bold text or on the open text will close that section of text.]

The many parallels between computer hypertext and critical theory have many points of interest, the most important of which, perhaps, lies in the fact that critical theory promises to theorize hypertext and hypertext promises to embody and thereby test aspects of theory. An experience of reading hypertext or reading with hypertext greatly clarifies many of the most significant ideas of
critical theory.
In fact, some of the most exciting student projects and published examples of hypermedia take the form of testing, applying, or critiquing specific points of theory, including notions of the
- thus Lars Hubrich's Killing Me explores various effects of our notions of authorship by comparing how a friend of his reacted to a piece of music both when he didn't knew who wrote it and when he did -
- and Pearl Forss's What Is an Author acts an experiment contrasting reader's reactions to moving text versus reader-centered hypertext -
- which Jeff pack's Growing up Digerate uses to organize reader-centered hypertext -

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Reader empowerment: Readers can obtain information and reconfigure text being read within certain set limits as desired.

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