For me, hypertext and the internet are so intrinsically linked that there is no separation. Without hypertext, there is no internet. Or at least, not the internet as it is today. Especially in recent years, hypertext and the internet have grown and evolved into something more than just “text”. Hypertext can accomplish things that static, linear text cannot. It creates an interactive and immediate dialogue with others, that overcomes distance, age, language barriers, and political opinions. The hypertext of the internet has even been expanded to include hypermedia as well; the use of graphics and sounds as text.
By using the different mediums of hypertext and hypermedia, different and unique works are created that could not be accomplished with other mediums. It is a new kind of dialogue and therefore requires its own kind of criticism, because it does not operate within the realms other critical works have existed in. The rules and the tools used to create it are new and different such as with, for example, the practice of remixes that the documentary addresses. If it is done simply for the pleasure of working with music, if the samples used are just tools used to create something new, to create a dialogue with the music instead of just passively consuming it, done without monetary gain, should copyright law necessarily apply? By creating new rules and mediums to exist within, how many of the old rules for the older media should apply?