“Frequently Asked Questions about ‘Hypertext'” by Richard Holeton

Frequently Asked Questions about "Hypertext" by by Richard Holeton
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One should not allow the tone of “Frequently Asked Questions about ‘Hypertext'” mislead us into thinking that it is just a parody. The opening poem “Hypertext,” composed of seemingly random words arranged in three tercets, acquires meaning through the explanatory notes that are hidden in the different hyperlinks. And each of those hyperlinks might offer new insights, that become wilder and wilder as the reader picks up new meanings and explanations in the context provided by the hypertexts. The words, naturally, are not random. They are a series of permutations and anagrams of the word “hypertext.”

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“Frequently Asked Questions about ‘Hypertext'” por Richard Holeton

Frequently Asked Questions about "Hypertext" by Richard Holeton

No se debe permitir que el tono de “Frequently Asked Questions about ‘Hypertext'” nos induzca a error al pensar que es solo una parodia. El poema de apertura “Hypertext,” compuesto de palabras aparentemente aleatorias dispuestas en tres tercetos, adquiere significado a través de las notas explicativas que están ocultas en los diferentes hipervínculos. Y cada uno de esos hipervínculos podría ofrecer nuevos conocimientos, que se vuelven más y más salvajes a medida que el lector capta nuevos significados y explicaciones en el contexto proporcionado por los hipertextos. Las palabras, naturalmente, no son aleatorias. Son una serie de permutaciones y anagramas de la palabra “hipertexto.”

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