Hypertext is obviously a very different form of writing than anything that has come before it.  This was illustrated in the hypertexts I read called The Dreamlife of Letters and Faith.   The dream life of Letters was a Poem that progressed on its own on the screen.  It moved through the alphabet starting with “A” and various words danced along the screen according to what letter of the alphabet it was on.  Faith was another poem which required the reader to click to continue with the various progressions the poem went through.  Although the words it used were all a part of the final version of the poem at the end, the poem changed order of words throughout to portray different ideas.

            After reading these two pieces I was pleasantly surprised at how I liked them.  It was very interesting how The Dreamlife of Letters appeared to actually be a dream world and I was able to look into that world and watch what was going on.  Likewise in Faith, I enjoyed how the electronic aspect of the work allowed it to accomplish things that a page could not.  One of the images in Faith was a leap of faith and a jumping off point.  At the end of the poem all of the words on the screen fell as if the letters themselves were taking the leap of faith that they had just described.  Even though I enjoyed the experience of both of the hypertexts, I would not put them in any category of reading that I had experienced before.  Sven Birkerts explains in his book how he is afraid that in the world of hypertext, books will become a way of the past.  I think that books and hypertexts may compete with each other in a way but they will not take one another over.  Just like how the invention of the video camera did not make books extinct, the computer will not cause books to die out.  Birkerts says specifically about hypertexts that the focus is more, “Process over product”.  I completely agree with this.  Both of the poems I read had a good meaning but I interpreted the focus of both of the works to be on the process of reading and experiencing it.  At the end I was left with a message but my lasting impression was the movement of text and how this affected my attention. 

            Another one of my reactions toward the hypertexts that I read was an impatient attitude toward the text.  The shorter the text the more I enjoyed it.  While looking at the screen, I quickly became uninterested after a few minutes.  This was what Nicholas Carr talked about in his essay called is Google Making Us Stupid.  In that essay, Carr admits that while browsing on the internet, he tends to skim and go through information quickly.  While reading the hypertexts I experienced the exact same phenomenon.  When I read The Museum by Adam Kenney, I became very impatient with the reading because I had no idea where I was in the reading.  After each page I finished, I became a little more uninterested than the last.  I think that in order for a hypertext to interact well with the reader, it needs to be relatively short to avoid the reader losing interest.  Maybe this feeling of disinterest is because of me personally not being used to reading things like this.  When I started reading books for the first time I started with small ones instead on one thousand page books.  Like books, hypertexts could be a medium of experiencing text that people need to train themselves for in order to maximize the overall experience.

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