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This is an old revision of ReaderWriterAuthorship made by MorganAdmin on 2008-02-24 09:42:11.

 

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 the article we're reading.

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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