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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occurring and affecting how people experience things, it's not surprising to see that the print medium has been deemed outdated to the current generation. A lot of print mediums, like newspapers, either died out or had to change to the web medium in order to stay alive.

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". Hypertext fiction was popular at this time because, like interactive fiction, it allowed readers to be in control of what they were going to read by giving them the option either to click on the hyperlinks if they wanted to read more or continue reading their same part. Simply, hypertext fiction doesn't have a set path that readers have to take, instead the readers can read the work in multiple different ways by making decisions based on their own interests. Hypertext allows readers to have access to information that will help them read the work. People liked this better than print medium writing because print writing allowed the author to dictate the meaning and patterns of the writing. I think that Steve Krug would not fully-agree with the use of hypertext fiction, as it allows readers to think about the writing instead of just reading it, since they have links of information that they can choose to read. In Chapter 6 of Krug's book, "Don't Make Me Think", Krug says, "People won't use your Web site if they can't find their way around it." I think the same advice can apply for hypertext fiction.

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 and include links into their work. The HTML language was one of the factors that described the author's meaning and helped create the shape of the story. Though the HTML language was one of the reasons why hypertext fiction worked so well, it was a struggle for writers to write. One of the reasons that writers might have a harder time writing hypertext fiction is that they have to incorporate the works of others into their work while still attempting to create a new piece of work. I can see where this would be difficult because they have to try and come up with a new way of telling a story and that can sometimes become difficult when you use previous work.

In a study done by

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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