July 22, 2017

Creative Hyperlinks

Lyle Skains presents research on “Creative Hyperlinks: writerly and readerly Effects of links in hypertext fiction.”

An interesting taxonomy, dividing links into Basic Navigation, Affective Navigation, Narrative Exploration, and Affective Exploration, harnessed to a 19-reader study of a toy hypertext. The interpretive framework is described as Venn diagram of Writer Intent, Narrative Destination, and Reader Interpretation; it’s unclear whether Skains understands how problematic the idea of intent is, and the study assumes that, when asking readers how they interpret the text, the investigator will receive a full and comprehensive account. Thanks em short.