Writing Machines is the course website for English 170L at Pomona College in Claremont, California.
Fragmentation and Organzation
First off, I just accidentally deleted this entire post, so forgive me if my recreation of it is a bit disorganized.
I've been looking through the final projects page with great interest. I'm really impressed with how interesting and innovative these projects are. I'm also very interested in how many of the hypertext projects have dealt with the issue of organization. Whether the projects included maps or just intuitive linking structures, they tended to be organized in a fashion that was reasonably accessible to the reader. None of the projects I have looked at thus far have left me feeling lost or manipulated, as some of our class readings did.
Given the level of organization in the projects, I find it interesting that so many people gravitated toward fragmented or multivocal narratives. Perhaps the problem with projects like "Afternoon" and "The Onyx Project" is that they taunt the reader with the promise of some kind of linear narrative. With those projects, it was easy to get the sense that the author could have put the lexia in a coherent order, but found it more entertaining to confuse readers by mixing them up. With the class projects, the hypertext format seems to be adding structure and organization to fragmented topics rather than breaking up a linear narrative.