Riuscirà la narrativa ipertestuale, nata e cresciuta sul Web, a soppiantare il libro? E quali conseguenze avrà sui nostri processi cognitivi la rappresentazione del sapere in forma ipertestuale?
By progressively extending their influence on a larger number of users, hypertexts, and, in general, a hypertextual logic not only will have a substantial role in reshaping the criteria through which information is created and exchanged, but will also dismantle the solidity of many paradigms now in use on the notions of text and textual analysis, and on the relationships between the authors and readers/users of multimedial documents.
I have already discussed the concept of hypertext in the past when I tried to analyze what hypertexts are, how they work, and how they can be used. I then also described the changes hypertexts are going to introduce in our perception of texts. Placed within the new electronic paradigm, hypertext will introduce substantial changes in our way of dealing with information, of perceiving, creating, preserving, and representing knowledge; in short: our way of thinking. I thus would like to focus here on a special kind of hypertexts: the narrative ones.