HYPERTEXT; Hypertextopia – Updates

March 8th, 2008 by susan

A lot of changes have taken place on the Hypertextopia site since I started writing a story into it about a week and a half ago.  This morning, I found another tab on the top of the main writing space page and found this:

    This story is not available for your friends to collaborate on.
    Adding a password will allow them to write in it as well.

This, I believe, came out of a suggestion in the commentary at if:books which posted and hosted a lively discussion on hypertext and it’s rather small audience (to put it politely).  Some even prayed it would never resurface.  That part particularly bugs me; I dislike the color orange but certainly would never wish it banned or eradicated because there are some people who love it.  I just never wear orange or drink orange soda.  My favorite color is green.  I wear it a lot and eat limes.

Back to the thread here: I’m not really sure what is accomplished by adding collaborators to a piece, though I would suppose that if a piece were to be at its best by using several writers, then you can do it in hypertext as well as any other medium.  To me it just comes off as a case of misunderstanding the theory of hypertext and making new writers of a piece out of readers albeit by offering the reading of different paths written by a single writer.

Such fun!

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