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Narrative and index in cyberspace text

There are two functions that I have not learned how to articulate in web pages: narrative and index.

• Indexing is fundamentally impossible. Indexing requires heirarchy, and heirarchy is anathema to the way that pages work together in this medium. Documents fit together in webs — that is the natural tendency of interconnectibility. One can force heirarchy, but these rules will want to be broken. Naturally, some indexing is possible — some pages work together heirarchically. Also, one may consider the term "index" differently, and come up with a different conclusion.

• Narrative is feasible. One can impose the linear form on a set of pages. One can also paste book pages together and make a scroll. That shit's old. More precisely, this medium is capable of too much more to be constrained in old formats.

Failure to completely embrace the hypertext link is neglect of a revolutionary tool — but willingness to embrace it is hazardous to old conventions.


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