MULTIVOCALITY: The hypertext environment allows true multivocality. Supplementary texts; footnotes; texts that, in book form, would exist physically isolated from supplementary texts, can be physically implanted in the network of texts. By linking many texts together and leaving it to the reader to choose a path through various texts with varied writers, authors cede absolute control over their texts, and many different voices are heard. This multivocality gives the reader more agency. Rather than being guided by one author through a text, they hear a variety of voices which they must pick and choose from. Readers must make decisions and work to make connections and inferences. The breakdown of distinctions between text and supplement when the primary text is situated in a network of texts which is possible with hypertext lends itself to metaphors about cyborgs and the relation between the body and technological prostheses.
SHIFTS POWER FROM READER TO WRITER
OFFERS SAME ENVIRONMENTS TO WRITER AND READER
HYPERTEXT AS PROSTHESES
SUPPLEMENT AND TEXT