On 9/09/2011 2:31 AM, Lawrence Upton wrote:
> I like the re-ordering that one can get with code.
> I remember writing or speaking somewhere about the use of links and saying
> that I'd prefer a loose leaf pile of paper because I preferred that as a
> method of jump cutting.
Just on cris and Lawrence's comments on hypertext and code; it is worth
looking at Derrida's comment that Hegel is the end of the book and
beginning of writing (first chapter of Of Grammatology, from memory...?)
Hegel's formal writing really suits hypertext... but then we can swing
onto Deleuze's differences with Hegel and find that Derrida's posing of
writing as the problem for philosophy is more of a false problem and yet
still the problem...
Basically, from my experiences, one needs to treat code and hypertext
with a great deal of suspicion, esp if thought of as a solution to the
problem of the book misunderstood as a formal structuring device, rather
then a complex assemblage. (Put another way, a book can smash hypertext
code to pieces, easy enough, with a little hammer; ala N.)
Also, with Gertrude Stein... one should follow up Henry James's older
brother (oh dear... nominal... name forgotten)
Hope this is not too confused sounding, best wishes cj