November 4, 2012

Hypertext and Footnotes

On page 35, Landow says that hypertext is a fundamentally intertextual system that has the capacity to emphasize intertextuality in a way that page-bound books cannot. I was wondering where footnotes fit into this. Does hypertext always have to be electronically based? I'm a history major too so almost every print book I read for a research papers has tons of footnotes. I feel like footnotes are a type of print based hypertext. You can follow which ever one you want to read for more research. Landow says that also that hypertext "makes his or her own interests the de facto organizing principle (or center) for the investigation at the moment. Isn't that what people do with print resources when gather research from numerous books? Again, "all hypertext systems permit the individual reader to choose his or her own investigation and experience. What this principle means in practice is that the reader is not locked into any kind of particular organization or hierarchy" (Landow 38). However,  is a reader not really not locked into any kind of particular organization?  With books I think you are limited to the pages you have. If you want to look up something from a print text you usually then go online to further your research. This is why things like Ebooks and JSTOR are such necessities as they allow easier research because of the hypertext possibilities and the intertext networks they create.

1 comment:

michelle reyes said...

I liked your question on foot note. I do believe that it is something that is offered to us that hypertext lacks in benefits. I also agree with your opinion that it is a print based hypertext. I personally would have never thought of hypertext in that light. But that is exactly what it is since footnotes can lead you from one thing to another aiding you to research more things. The only thing i was conflicted on was the use of things of EBOOKS. I mot sure that things like this are necessities because we have gotten along fine before without them and think we would.

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