Watched the Adrian Miles lecture today that was posted on the blog. Found it pretty interesting. First he spoke about the Internet being a hypertext system. I didn’t really understand what he meant by this at first I think it has something to do with sites being internally linked. Will do more research into this.
He gave us some tips for our essays, including that every hypertext should include the following: model narratives, dialogue and writing, model pathways and marginalia. The idea of having a narrative in our essays both excited and scared me a little because I didn’t really understand how to include a narrative- and was even more confused when he said that hypertext narratives were “only middle” (as opposed to beginning, middle and end”) and made me think of that quote from Jean-Luc Godard (below):
“A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order.”
Something that really struck home with me was about language writing itself. We believe we are in control (of words, of a story) and an idea pops into your head and completely changes your way of thinking. Therefore, anything you set out to write could, by the end, be completely different to what you expected.