What Nelson missed, with his focus on 'literary' architectures, is that networked hypertexts are inhabited by people. Links are not just citations. They are gestures in a social space, parts of conversations or other interactions. There's an inherent value in looking at the dynamics of the record as it is created.
I particularly like the phrase "gestures in social space" to describe how many online texts work; it isn't entirely complete to my mind - how do we associate things like bug reports (generated by humans, but tightly coupled to a service or function), and some items of text in an interlinked space are content which speaks for an organization or service (consider much journalism, PR, etc; government reports are another example).
Originally found via Kevin MarksPosted by esinclai at February 16, 2004 09:12 AM |