READING HYPERTEXT

Part I | Part II | Part III| Contact & Feedback

WEEPERS

It is tempting to quickly click through hypertext. This assignment asks you to move through hypertext as though you are moving through water.

You will take notes (described in Part I) which will focus not on the "meaning" of the hypertext, but on the decisions you make as a reader. Simultaneously, you will map out your path so your partner can travel it in Part II.

Part I

1. Call up "Weepers" on the screen. Here's how:

  • Go to http://chnm.gmu.edu/ematters/weepers/index.html

Confront what is in front of you. Don't preview the hypertext; instead, proceed to the next step

2. Take notes on what you consider to be your link options, considering why. [Color? Underlining? Placement on the screen? Other conventions?]

3. Choose a link. Before you click on it, jot down why you have chosen this link. Now, proceed. Also note when you mistakenly think something represents a link.

4. Repeat steps #2 and #3 for each screen. Note how you decide that "Weepers" has ended. Please realize that you need not fill in every cell of the chart, which is simply an organizational tool.

5. Limit your reading to 30 minutes.


Part 2

Switch charts with your partner. Proceed through your partner's path, taking notes on how the experience differs.

 

Part 3

Consider with your partner the following questions.

1. How did your readings of "Weepers" compare? Did you ever follow similar courses?

2. How did your role as a reader of "Weepers" compare to your role as a reader of [text used in class from a book]?

3. What are some of the gains and losses that arise from not having a unique, standardized version of the text (i.e. a paper version)?

4. What are some obstacles you see as a reader of hypertext? What are some possibilities?

contact & feedback

Please email Kaia Sand at ksand@gmu.edu with questions and feedback