Information Superhighway: Hyperlinks (as Passages)

“The postmodern vision has been demonstrated most recently in a hypertext web environment that offers the users numerous pathways and links in a collaborative network” (Mackey and Jacobson).

Walter Benjamin and Hyperlinks

“Learning was a form of collecting, as in the quotations and excerpts from daily reading which Benjamin accumulated in notebooks that he carried everywhere. . . . Thinking was a form of collecting, at least in its preliminary stages” (Sontag 22).

“Benjamin repeatedly treated the elements of his text according to the principle of building blocks: he copied them out, cut them out, stuck them on new sheets of paper and arranged them anew, long before such procedures became established in electronic word-processing. . . Benjamin’s idea of composing a work entirely of quotations ensure that material within the collection can remain mobile, elements can be shifted at will (Marx, et al. 32).

“The typical work of modern scholarship is intended to be read like a catalogue. But when shall we actually write books like catalogues? If the deficient content were thus to determine the outward form, an excellent piece of writing would result” (Benjamin 63).


EliteratureElectronic Literature Organization: To facilitate and promote the writing, publishing, and reading of literature in electronic media. 

100 Flash Fiction Hypertexts (2009)

Composition and Hypertext

“The computer as it is associated with rhetorical literacy is conceptualized as a hypertextual medium, in that it is made up of ‘(nonlinear) text, (modular) nodes, and (associative) links’ (Selber, 2004, p. 168). Because of the interactivity that hypertext entails, even simply reading an online document can be viewed as a form of production” (Kitalong 64).