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Why All The Hype About Hypertext?: Why Hypertexts Do Not Radically Shift The Way We Read Or Write

In his chapter, “A Brief History of Hypertext: Origins and Influences,” Andreas Kitzmann traces the development of hypertext, eventually concluding that “what is significant here is the manner in which [Hypertext] is being described and employed as a general paradigm with which to define and structure the very nature of expression itself, especially in terms … Continue reading

Summary: Alexander Halavais’ “The Hyperlink as Organizing Principal”

In his article “The Hyperlink as Organizing Principal” Alexander Halavais attempts to define the hyperlink not just in relation to it’s original intended use, but also by examining the larger social effects. He explains that, because that the hyperlink has been adopted in everyday use on the internet, we can see that “they reflect deep … Continue reading

Summary: Sven Birkerts’ “Into the Electronic Millennium”

Published almost 20 years ago, Sven Birkerts’ text on new media formats seems very dated. In an almost Luddite lament over the changes and consequences new technology (TV, fax machines and computers) will bring to society, Birkerts’ work truly functions as an “elegy”. For Birkerts, the change which new media formats will bring is the … Continue reading

Response: Facebook, Privacy, and the “Death of Independent George”

In The Facebook Effect, David Kirkpatrick explains Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s moralistic position that “you have one identity” and that splitting one’s identity into different roles is an “example of a lack of integrity” (199). Based on this premise, Facebook believes that “by openly acknowledging who we are and behaving consistently among all our friends, … Continue reading

Consumers’ Losing Battle Over Privacy Ownership, response 1

Daniel J Solove’s “Gossip and the Virtue of Knowing Less” raises important issues concerning privacy, issues that have become increasingly complicated in the advent of social media. Solove argues, in consonance with Helen Nissenbaum, that privacy is context-specific, and because of their context-relativity, all privacy cases cannot be treated in the same way. After pointing … Continue reading

Response: Transparency and Personal Development in Facebook and Games

In David Kirkpatrick’s The Facebook Effect, Mark Zuckerberg and others insist on the benefits of a more open and transparent society, suggesting that the ideal to strive for is consistency in behavior. Behind these claims is Zuckerberg’s conviction that “having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity” (199). By collecting … Continue reading