…in order to gain more information or follow on a particular line of enquiry. This has created a new method of interaction with the written word. In the past, footnotes in books acted as a form of hypertext1. However, as pointed out by author Lev Manovich in The Language of New Media, the use of footnotes always created a master/slave relationship between the main text and the footnote text. Manovich states that “…in the case of hyperlinks…no such relationship of hierarchy is assumed” (Manovich, p 76). Click here to continue reading in a non-hierarchal fashion.

1. Janet H. Murray cites the example of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake as an important work of writing where the reader is asked to refer to other sources such as encyclopaedias, dictionaries and other reading materials in order to fully understand their text. This primitive form of hyperlinking was in many ways a precursor for the hypertext that is used today. For further reading see Janet H. Murray’s Hamlet on the Holodeck (1997).

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