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By Kendra Hacker

Last Thoughts on The Evolution of Writing: From Print to Web

After reading the second chapter of "Reading and Writing the Electronic Book" by Catherine C. Marshall for class I was interested in learning more about the different changes that are occurring for both the readers when they experience a text and for writers when they are writing due to the different platforms that have emerged because of advances in technology. I decided that I wanted to expand more on the evolution of writing, specifically focusing more on the different forms of new writing types, as once technology was created writers changed mediums and some aspects of the genres.

Web content writing is changing how we, as readers, experience text and learn. This virtual writing allows both readers and writers to have more accessibility to a variety of content while also having more freedom in choosing what they want to read. The writing that was seen in physical items like novels or dictionaries has been evolving into web content writing. With technological advances constantly occurring and affecting how people experience things, it's not surprising to see that the print medium has been deemed outdated to the current generation.

Specifically, books have greatly evolved since web writing came about, even before the Internet. One genre that is commonly seen in books is fiction. With the introduction of technology, some writers created hypertext fiction. Michael Joyce was considered the first hypertext fiction writer in 1987 with his fiction called "Afternoon". Unlike using wikis like we do now, hypertext fiction writers at this time used software like Storyspace or Hypercard. This type of software was used both for the creation and viewing of the hypertext fiction pieces.

Although the software helped create hypertext fiction, it wasn't until 1993 that the World Wide Web became available for the public to use. The World Wide Web is similar to the construction of hypertext fiction, that is that uses hypertext to interlink the different links. The addition of the web platform allowed hypertext fiction to gain popularity. The most note-worthy hypertext fiction was written in 2001 by Caitlin Fisher, called, [[ | These Waves of Girls].

As I researched more on hypertext fiction, I discovered that unlike the writing that writers would have to do for print medium, hypertext fiction writers had to write in the HTML language. The HTML language was one of the factors that

1- introduction
what's going on? web content writing; technology advanced print writing to web content writing
add information on the technology advances and how it's evolved things from print to the internet- in the technologicaladvances
add information on what print medium is and a little history to go with it- in the printmedium hypertext
hyptertext? create a new hypertext page and explain the history of it; what it means
2- something about how people want instant gratification; want to find things right away; think there might be some info on this in make me think book
include a link to some data showing the diff. in popularity of print text to now; examples of people moving to web content writing: magazines, newspapers, BOOKS
3-Evolution of books (specifically fiction with the fiction hypertext- there's a few articles on this)
what's changing? it's more interactive and there's more technology
do relate that this interactive concept is similar to some books where people could read certain pages depending on their decision and how that was interactive but more forced unlike the online writing where you don't have to click on each hypertext; you can pick or choose.
bring up how print writing the author had more power and force w the lines and how that isn't occuring in online writing
bring up the different formatting
the different things that hypertext can change and provide within the writing

something about ebooks (from that class article we discussed)


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