November 5, 2012

Our Hypertext World

Prior to taking this course I always associated a hypertext in the context of its essay form. In that form a hypertext is essentially a piece that refers to other pieces in the form of web links. The class I have learned that the term hypertext is not limited to a piece such as an essay. It is generally used to describe something that references other things in general. This can transcend to everything that we encounter in our every day life.

This ideal brings back the ideals on language and words that we explored in the last unit. A word is a hypertext because whenever a certain word is said our brains retreat to familiar references in order to better understand its meaning.objects and words generate different meaning to different individuals and while the references that we each may use are completely subjective, this is what essentially make the world as we experience it a continual hypertext.

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