So I thought I had better include my first real academic reference for the annotated bibliography. Jay David Bolter, or as he is otherwise known – “the new Gutenberg” is clearly (judging by his nickname) an extremely important figure in the field of print, literature and the spread of knowledge. Bolter is concerned with literature, communication culture, the evolution of the media, the use of technology in education and the role of computers in the writing process.
Bolter is also responsible for co-creating Storyspace, the first specially designed software package for reading and writing hypertext.
Eastgate Systems advertises Storyspace as:
Every writer knows that great stories don’t happen all at once. Storyspace is a generative, flexible writing environment that lets you collect, store, and experiment with your story ideas without having to worry about how they all fit together right away. With Storyspace, no matter how inspiration strikes you — as text, as image, sound or video — you have a place for all your ideas. Use Storyspace to pick them up, move them around, and link them together.
I also had a look at some of the works that have come out of the software and found them to be really interesting sources for explaining/displaying Hypertext visually.
Patchwork Girl by Sally Jackson which tells the story through illustrations of parts of a female body that are stitched together through text and image. The narrative of the story is divided into five segments, titled: “a Graveyard”, “a Journal”, “a Quilt”, “a Story”, and “& broken accents.” The goal of the piece is to not only make the reader realize the structure of the Patchwork Girl as a whole but also realize all the pieces that must be “patched” together in order to create one unified structure. Each segment leads down a trail that takes the story in multiple directions through various linking words and images.
I found this review to be really interesting, and loved the idea that the clicking of the mouse became a compulsive act rather than a conscious one, like when your reading a book and you get so lost in it that you dont remember the act of turning the pages.
“Patchwork Girl offers the patient reader, if there are any left in the world, just such an experience of losing oneself to a text, for as one plunges deeper and deeper into one’s own personal exploration of the relations here of creator to created and of body to text, one never fails to be rewarded and so is drawn ever deeper, until clicking the mouse is as unconscious an act as turning a page, and much less constraining, more compelling.” — Robert Coover
You can view parts of Patchwork Girl here, but not all of it unfortunately, I found this quote however & I will leave you with it…
“I am buried here, you can resurrect me but only piecemeal, if you want to see the whole you will have to sew me together yourself”
Wow, just realised that I didn’t actually discuss any of the Bolter reference I found. Bloody Hypertext led me to new ideas!!!