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Currents: An E-Journal Realism and a General Economy of the Link
not a problem
 

by Adrian Miles 
InterMedia UiB and RMIT 

Currents in Electronic Literacy Spring 2001 (4), <http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/ 


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The intelligibility of a link is variable and subject to the contextual vagaries attached to all reading. In complex creative hypertext (fiction or nonfiction) substantive interpretations are required to be made about the relation of nodes to links (Kaplan "Literacy;" Shields) and vice versa. While such hermeneutic demands may remain poorly theorised there is nothing inherent in a link that makes it unintelligible as a link. Quite the contrary, as I have argued elsewhere, links appear to share many qualities of performative speech acts, suggesting that they are subject to conditions of felicity but not of truth or falsity. We always understand that a link is a link, whether its destination makes sense or not (Miles, Paradigms).

Currents: An E-Journal