writing and dialog
Some modes of critical theory have emphasised the way in which all writing performs a dialogue:
with the texts that surround and contextualise the individual work
in the writing itself (between writer and text, and between text and writer I write this, this writes me)
This dialog, it is argued, is something that the specific forms of writing in print culture conceal, or even actively disavow, yet remain fundamental to what it is to write.
Hypertext is understood to provide a formal system that does in fact allow such a dialog, this is by virtue of the link (perhaps the fundamental structural unit of hypertext) which allows a dialog within the work itself, but more significantly allows any work to no longer be discrete as we link across documents and eventually networks.