Notes on a web journey

posted on: 13 July 2009

Desire paths

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This article is an edifice, a mockery of the freedom needed to create it. It is rigid, it is linear. Its sentences end only to lead onwards to the next, pulling the reader's eye through a series of limited, and limiting pathways. And yet, reading does not have to be this way. In the process of writing this article little time was spent laying out the path of words you now follow to their conclusion. The process of writing is non-linear, perhaps more like a network of ideas spanning out from nodes of texts, cultural accumulations and historical anecdotes. Why can't reading be more like writing? Why can't the eye of the reader tend its own route through the web of the article?

Desire Paths: Reading, Memory and Inscription


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