Wednesday, April 27th, 2005
Susan Gibb writes
And, we played with paper. In the New Media class I was happy for days fiddling with the handed-out Mobius strip. In this class, we folded a plain piece of paper in such a way that corner flaps were created and various writing surfaces were then made available. The professor had us write a story, a sentence at a time in separate areas, then hand it to a classmate and read the story. Obviously, the narrative structure is affected by what is opened and read first. The sequence, and thus the story, is completely in the control of the reader.
I don’t know if the reader has complete control, but control may be an issue. We could also come at the paper experiment, which turns the writing surface (2 sides) into a muti-surfaced space. In a hypertext the reader must let go of control in a sense or seek another kind.