In this hypertext essay the easiest aspect has been translating my own and some of my groups research in the annotated bibliographies into a form that can be presented in a hypertext essay. My previous skills with both creative and academic essay writing has enabled me to highlight the main points from the annotated bibliography and apply them to the hypertext as rephrased and more colloquial forms of text suitable for a news channel. Additionally, my previous skills with Photoshop enabled me to easily construct the news headline images we intend to link to the Internet as each of our main pages. Moreover, developing the experience and the overall concept of the hypertext essay was also an easier aspect given the lecture we received from Mike. This lecture enabled me to more easily comprehend an experience that was simultaneously informative of Manovich’s argument.
The most difficult aspect of this hypertext essay has been indeed learning to write in the Network using HTML coding. Having had no prior knowledge or experience with this form of text I have found it particularly difficult as actually applying the skills learnt in online videos can not always be as easy as what the video says. However, I have endured these videos and feel I now have the ability to undertake basic coding.
Overall, the hypertext essay task has informed us of how to write using different forms of texts, in a different style, using a different medium and tone. The mounting presence of the Internet in the field of the media and communications industry means that we are now equipped with the basic skills to undertake online based jobs that are becoming more prevalent within the field. Additionally, working in groups reflects industry practice and fosters idea sharing and consistent collaboration that is expressed in the communications industry. This task also reflects the notion of how as separate authors, we are still able to unite our work and form connections between it through hyperlinks. The process of incorporating smaller amounts of texts as well as visual material to inform a narrative also form as other methods of writing in the Network that aim in retaining the readers attention as they experience a webpage.