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This is an old revision of MalleabilityOfHypertext made by MorganAdmin on 2007-01-15 17:34:16.

 

Bolter:

: The electronic writing space is extermely malleable. It can be fashioned into one tree or into a forest of hierarchical trees. (275)

For writers
they can create multiple structures from the same topics
* present multiple versions of the hierarchy, web, spiral...
* present multiple kinds of structures: hierarchy, web, sprial...

For readers
the structure of a text can be entered at many points.
* if the structure of a text is visible, then the reader has a choice of where to enter, where to go next, and where to leave.

Think of the HomePage for this course. As long as I - or another writer of this wiki - put it there, readers can access the topic that interests them at the moment.

Even more illustrative of malleability, peek at the PageIndex for this wiki. The index is a computer-assembled list of topics in alphabetical order. It changes every time a new topic is created or deleted, and it changes again as the topics are developed.

And if that hasn't brought the point home, look at the RecentChanges]. This page lists pages that have been recently worked on, creating yet another entry point into the writing on the wiki.

But most significantly, a WikiSupportsTopicalWriting.
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