The act of linking itself is a form of criticism, of writing. The link is a text, it has meaning. The act of joining lexias indicates that the have a relationship to each other, possibly a complementary one, possibly a contradictory one. These links allow the reader to become writers, not only to choose the path they are taking (which may be a limited empowerment since the reader does not know ahead of time where the link will take them), but also to interpret the reasons the lexias are joined. By revealing the mechanics of the composition, the hypertext document also empowers the reader to criticize and disagree with the author. Hypertext works against the illusion of unity in a text, and thus against the supreme power of the author as creator of meaning. The reader can more easily deconstruct the text and decide for themself which lexias are meaning-ful, and which are not.

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