Why is it your favourite?
My body: A Wunderkammer by Shelley Jackson was particularly interesting as it provided visual material to assist in directing and conveying its narrative. Given the nature of our visual culture, I feel it is necessary for most hypertext essays to offer a textual but more importantly, a visual experience as well. Jackson’s drawings were both personal, intimate and artistic that correlated closely to the overall tone/experience of the piece written in the first person. Additionally, from my own personal experience when using the internet, these images were successful in capturing the viewers attention for longer amounts of time than the other three examples. Jackson acknowledges that people have reduced attention spans on the Internet and by providing visual material we are able to explore her narrative more quickly and easily. Moreover, this was also assisted by the personal anecdotes that could be enjoyed and interpreted regardless of your knowledge and your position in the text.
What characteristics in this work would you adopt for your own hypertext essay?
From this work I would adopt the visual characteristics that assist in maintaining the viewers attention whilst providing a more aesthetically pleasing and artistic experience. Additionally, I would adopt smaller paragraphs much like the ones Jackson uses to further maintain my viewers’ attention span. Unfortunately, given the academic nature of our own hypertext essays it would be difficult to adopt a personal tone but for future reference this is a convention I would definitely utilises as it is more captivating and understandable.