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  Realism and a General Economy of the Link

by Adrian Miles 
InterMedia UiB and RMIT 

This essay first appeared in Currents in Electronic Literacy Spring 2001 (4), < 

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(Disavowal, closure, a restricted economy -- it matters little what the currency of the economy of the link is, but that what is concealed by the link (as labour and as object) has the capacity to undo and threaten the logic that the hypertextual object requires to be a work. This is an alterity internal to any hypertext; it is not an 'outside' that comes to inhabit or haunt this writing by virtue of a hermeneutics of violence, nor is it the arbitrary imposition of a theoretical template willynilly onto any particular hypertextual writing. To turn aside from this is an economy of disavowal which appropriates the hypertext link as its currency.)