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The Last Final


The Last Final
Write a hypertextual document in which you critique and build on the ideas on Web Content Writing that we considered in this course. Find a theme and work with it. Link internally or externally or both. May include images. You may include (link to) notes and other material you wrote for this course. Draw on and use materials we read for this course, or other material you can use you develop your ideas.
Undergrads: 1000 - 1500 words
Grads: 2000 - 3000 words
MAKE MORGAN THINK, email him link to this page when done


can make an argument with hypertext
- reader must be dedicated too
- useful and frustrating all at once
- overuse of hypertext possible

Large Argumentative Hypertext
- books versus hypertext, former puts pressure on latter
- open up readers' horizons, greater variety of materials and voices, some do not come to a conclusion, each node is not a complete argument
- offers room for wandering and reflected without the narrowed focus on the conclusion, means to get reader to and beyond conclusion
- points are argued, qualified, and linked to other points; distant hypertexts points are put in relation to each other, should see argument coming into focus as a whole rather than a linear step-by-step process
- linear structure versus "tangles" of links, creates growing and gradual familiarity with the whole work
- make sure "crucial nodes" are visited by every reader and that the reader is prepared to encounter these
- pyramid outline creates a predefined map of the whole, provides organization and orientation, may be too difficult for the reading styles of readers
- issue of typed links, lack of clues about link's movement (close or far from current narrative section) could confuse readers, too many links could result in being ignored
- want narrative sections to refer and interleave to each other
- Google drop-ins mess up defined paths and starting points, no problem for info-delivering hypertexts, navigation devices must be used to keep drop-in readers reading
- typed links can indicate paths appropriate to different purposes and different sorts of readers, predefine available types of reading
- two kinds of info a reader wants when following a link, nature of destination and the discursive move or discourse function between the two nodes
- simple markings versus link titles, former was confusing, latter was experimental, fear of driving readers away from crosslinks
- too many links on a page may distract, slower reading, more cognitive effort, deepen understanding and enrich reading experience, too much structure maybe
- can appear fragmented in presentation, main idea is not fully developed due to clicking through several pages, addition of sophisticated navigation tools could make this more manageable, some way to make and save paths through hypertext
- one can only surf, cannot peek ahead to conclusion to understand how and why a hypertext piece fits, presentation comes off as playful, impossible to consume more than a few pages at a time
- permits freedom to explore topics in different orders, yet can cause a bit of disorientation
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