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Exploring (the poetics of) strange (and fractal) hypertexts

Exploring (the poetics of) strange (and fractal) hypertexts

Hargood, Charlie, Davies, Rosamund, Millard, David E., Taylor, Matt R. and Brooker, Samuel (2012) Exploring (the poetics of) strange (and fractal) hypertexts. In: Hypertext 2012: Proceedings of the 23rd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM Inc.), New York, USA, pp. 181-186. ISBN 978-1-4503-1335-3 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1145/2309996.2310027)

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Abstract

The ACM Hypertext conference has a rich history of challenging the node-link hegemony of the web. At Hypertext 2011 Pisarski [12] suggested that to refocus on nodes in hypertext might unlock a new poetics, and at Hypertext 2001 Bernstein [3] lamented the lack of strange hypertexts: playful tools that experiment with hypertext structure and form. As part of the emerging Strange Hypertexts community project we have been exploring a number of exotic hypertext tools, and in this paper we set out an early experiment with media and creative writing undergraduates to see what effect one particular form -- Fractal Narratives, a hypertext where readers drill down into text in a reoccurring pattern -- would have on their writing. In this particular trial, we found that most students did not engage in the structure from a storytelling point of view, although they did find value from a planning point of view. Participants conceptually saw the value in non-linear storytelling but few exploited the fractal structure to actually do this. Participant feedback leads us to conclude that while new poetics do emerge from strange hypertexts, this should be viewed as an ongoing process that can be reinforced and encouraged by designing tools that highlight and support those emerging poetics in a series of feedback loops, and by providing writing contexts where they can be highlighted and collaboratively explored.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Hypertext 2012: Proceedings of the 23rd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media
Additional Information: [1] Published in proceedings of: Hypertext 2012: 23rd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media. Held Milwaukee, WI, USA. 25-28 June 2012.
Uncontrolled Keywords: hypertext, fractal, fractal narratives, hypertext poetics
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Contemporary Media Arts & New Sciences Research Group
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Communications & Creative Arts
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:24
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9717

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