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We tend to think of print text structures as linear progressions: point by point forward reading, with, perhaps, ventures into FootNotes periodically. One line, one direction, no interruptions. You've learned to write this way when you learned how to ''come up with a thesis'' and ''focus a topic.''

But the electronic medium of hypertext can let us play and work with forrmal structures in ways not readily possible in print.

For starters, we can visualize written structures more readily.

* trees
* webs
* spirals
* rr tracks
* radials
* ...

[At this point, your professor will draw diagrams on the using the quaint technology of chalk on blackboard.]

Bolter notes that in hypertext, "we have a writing that is not only topical" but ''topographic.'' That is, "Electronic writing is ... a writing with places, spatially realized topics" (280), which allows writers a whole new set of structural options.

[At this point, your professor may have you organize yourselves spacially - each of you representing a topic, which is Close To, Between, Next To, Behind, Across From, In Front Of, Underneath, Over... - and then run string between people to represent other possible ways of creating structural options.]

And then there's the MalleabilityOfHypertext.
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