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Text 04- The Search for Reader-Centered Hypertext by Craig Branham
4 Noviembre 2008, 15:41 pm
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Main ideas:


Appears the term WREADER. Hypertexts are collaborative between readers and writers.  This wreader  rearranges or complements the text and so achieves the status of co-author.  A hypertext is a representation of the reader’s understanding; a mental scheme, a synthesis of ideas from diverse sources in the reader’s memory ( physical text and the reader’s understanding of it).

Links can be organizational/ referential .



Steve Krause, in connection with one of the Major Critical Theories in US
29 Octubre 2008, 13:44 pm
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I’ve been reading and re-reading Steve’s text, which is very interesting, and I’ve tryied to relate it with one of the Critical Theories we saw in class ( Timeline of Major Critical Theories in US ).  After reading all of the different Critical Theories, my conclusion is that this text should be inside of the ” Cultural Studies“.

I’ve searched for more info about Cultural Studies in google, to make sure it was the best option.

I found this in wikipedia: “Cultural studies is an academic discipline which combines political economy, communication, sociology, social theory, literary theory, media theory, film/video studies, cultural anthropology, philosophy, museum studies and art history/criticism to study cultural phenomena in various societies. Cultural studies researchers often concentrate on how a particular phenomenon relates to matters of ideology, nationality, ethnicity, social class, and/or gender.”

(extra text)Sexing the machine-Three digital women debate gender, technology and the Net
28 Octubre 2008, 20:25 pm
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Three digital women debate
gender, technology and the Net

After reading , my favourite opinion from this debate is Ellen Ullman‘s one.


Ellen Ullman seems to have it all clear: with computers there’s not a matter of gender. As she sais (I really like this point): “a computer program has one and only one meaning: It works, more or less” . It doesn’t matter if you are a woman or a man; if you have a sane live, with friends and acquaintances, it is quite normal if you don’t feel attracted to the idea of speding a lot of time in front of a computer. And she also thinks (about the multi-tasking) computers do not allow people to do several things at once; maybe that’s what we think, but the truth is that computers take all of our attention at the end, if you’re doing something with the computer and anything else at the same time (like talking with someone at the phone).


“The Net represents a return to the most restrictive, authoritarian model of early computing: the control of the central server”.


“Computers are actual objects doing quantifiable tasks, and a social, analytical, metaphorical understanding of them is not the same thing as their functioning existence”. There is no such thing as “machine intelligence.”: The “intelligence” of a computer is our attempt to understand and codify our own intelligence.

“When we talk about computers, we are talking about the most authoritarian object you can imagine. Somewhere in any system there is a locus of control. I cannot see how such a thing will free anybody from anything.”

02 Birkerts, Sven – The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age
23 Octubre 2008, 18:24 pm
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02 Birkerts, Sven – The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age

 Main ideas I’ve found:

The text starts giving us differences between the printed literature and the one of electronic systems:

– The order of print is linear/ The electronic order is not.

– Print communication requires the active engagement of the reader’s attention / Electronic communication can be passive.

– (Print) Symblos are turned into their verbal references and these are in turn interpreted / With visual media impression and image take precedence over logic and concept and detailed and linear sequentiality are sacrificed.

– The print engagement is essentially private / (Electronic) Engagement is intrisically public.

– The printed material is static; it is the reader that moves, not the book / Contents, unless they are printed out are felt to be evanescent.

– The pace of reading is variable, determined by the reader’s focus and comprehension/ The pace is rapid, driven by jump-cut increments.

I found it interesting when the author starts talking about the new chindren’s generation of today, that may know no other way than the visual one to learn, and that are made of different stuff than the elders are.


(still working on it)