Hypertext seeks to mend the temporal fissure that is created by the act of placing ones thoughts on paper. Paper and pen is permanent, and hypertext is not, for a number of reasons. First off the author can easily manipulate and update the text. Hypertext, and its linking gives the reader the unique ability to choose their own path
while reading the piece.
Unfortunately no advancement comes without some sacrifice
. With ever increasing change, permanence is hard to come by. While digital copies of text do no degrade like their analog counterparts, their signal, their ability to be broadcast is always in question. In our society the signal, the ability to be connected
, is incredibly important. An author, given the ability to change information, is expected to keep web pages up to date. Due to the speed of advancement and new information the average life span of a web page according to the National Library of Scotland
is around forty four days.