November 5, 2012
Since hypertext refers to writing that is non-sequential. It is a body of written or pictorial material interconnected in such a complex way that it could not conveniently be presented or represented on paper. The introduction of hypertext essentially is the culprit behind the end of linear writing, according to Derrida, will cause the end of the book (47). With that being said, Landlow understood that the culture is changing and with that change the definition of certain things change with it. Landlow talks about the importance of the printed word, but since we live in a world where technology is everything, printed works are somewhat becoming obsolete. Though printed works are still common in today's culture, electronic substitutes are becoming more prevalent, but these substitutes like e-books are still held within the same realm as printed material. Printed works of before guided the reader through a strict process of interpreting information, but the introduction of hypertext allows that reader to choose their own center of investigation which allows them to interpret information their own way. Hypertext will eventually become the norm since our culture is constantly advancing, but it is important to know without the printed word we would never be able to advance embrace and adapt to hypertext.