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On Hyperchoreography

by Katrina McPherson & Simon Fildes

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Ted Nelson notes that networked hypermedia goes beyond a technical system, it has more radical implications:

populism - it is available to authors at low cost

pluralism - it supports many points of view

unorthodoxy - it encourages controversial and experimental subjects

universalism - it spreads ideas outside of geographical or other bounds

The outlines of Ted Nelsons vision of interconnected materials was sketched out with surprising detail in the writings of post structuralist theorists. Michel Foucault in 'the archeology of knowledge', Jacques Derrida in 'structure, sign and play' and Roland Barthes, all presaged hypertext. Their descriptions are useful starting points when exploring the notions of hypermedia in general and hyperchoreography in particular. Barthes comments ".....the networks are many and interact without any one of them being able to surpass the rest: this.......is a galaxy of signifiers, not a structure of signifieds; it has no beginning; it is reversible; we gain access to it by several entrances, none of which can be authoritatively declared to be the main one; the codes it mobilises extend as far as the eye can reach, they are indeterminable..."



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