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From monologue to conversation

A lot of talk about hypertext circles around how hypertext does or doesn't emulate print. As hypertext matures and spreads throughout popular culture, the conversation is becoming more two-sided.

  • the flexibility of digital environments has opened up new design approaches, some of which work in print as well
  • to put that another way, the challenge of exploring and defining a new medium or tool is forcing us to reconsider hidden assumptions in previously-steady fields
  • we're beginning to see the different situations where the "two" media --print and digital hypertext-- might each be the best solution, rather than making the blanket statement that one media is paramount.