Annonated Bibliography 4:
Hypertext and Hypermedia.
San Diego: Academic Press, 1990.
In this article, Nielsen contrasted how a fiction in hypertext should be
different from the traditional text.
The reader should be able to interact with the fictional universe, as he
called it, instead of simply in a page-turning mode.
His idea of an online fiction is where there exists a “shared
universe” in which several authors write stories set in the same fictional
universe, with the same background and many similar characters.
These in turn are inter-linked through a web-like structure.
The reader is then free to pursue the type of plot and character which he
Thus, this destroys the authority of the author to determine which
section the reader needs to read first.
As Nielsen put it in another way, the actual story will not have a
Instead, it takes the form of many snapshots of an underlying fictional
construction, where the reader discovers, as he read more and more of these
snapshots, a clearer picture of the story.
The developments of this story is reliant on the choices the reader made
along the way, in a non-sequential manner.
article takes a look at the applications of hypertext in the mind of Jakob
various examples of earlier hypertexts created, Nielsen elaborated on the way
fictions should be constructed in the hypertext form.
His detailed illustrations using “The Manhole” gave me an insight of
how a text can be combined with audio and visual senses to enhance that reading
reader of a hypertext can be put in the story, by means of interaction with the
also gets to choose which path to take along the way.
The fictional space is created, with several paths available at every
stage, thus giving the reader the task of constructing their own stories as they
move through it.
This is somewhat like an exploration.
idea of “writerly" text is presented here in Nielsen’s interpretation. As
the latter presented, hypertexts allow the individual readers to customise their
readings to their own needs and learning styles.