ReaderWriterAuthorship


Because readers can must interact with writers and the text differently in hypertext than in print, writers have to play new roles for readers.

There's the path idea: the hypertext author creates paths between topics for the reader to discover and follow. There is no canonical path as defined by page order. The author creates reading order - not just the words, sentences, paragraphs, and topics. AuthorAsPathMaker. And this is pretty much where Bolter leaves it in his article.

But there's also (and this is more pronounced on a wiki than elsewhere) the idea that the reader can become co-author.

Because a wiki is - by tradition - open, readers can
What's interesting is that the wiki is so topically oriented that users create new topics by fusing words, which creates
And the ease with which we can create a new topic has an effect on writing,

Bolter points out that the technique - the technology - of writing creates a gap between writer and reader which it then proceeds to mediate (284).

The wiki is not the ultimate mediator of the gap, but as a writing space it sure puts a spin on matters because WriterAndReaderSwapRoles.
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