LIS 385T.6/RAL/Summer 2002/Leggett/Homework 7/Due August 16

Cybertext

Choose four of the following questions and write your response to each in no more than a page.

     Argue for or against the POV that "reading" does not cover the activity of the user of cybertext.

     In what sense is a cybertext a machine?

     Construct a DFSA. Give examples of texts it can and can not produce. (Draw and scan the image.)

     Describe the aporia and epiphany of the user of a cybertext.

     What would it mean to be cyberliterate?

     Compare and contrast unicursal and multicursal labyrinthine structures with linear and non-linear narrative.

     Describe the double standard of aesthetics when writing computer programs. Which aesthetic is more important?

     How can we diffuse the binary rhetoric surrounding DLit?

     Describe the binary rhetoric of technological determinism.

     Where is the computational machinery in a hypertext?

     Comment on the assertion that only cyborgs are capable of using cybertexts.

     Why do ghost signs present a problem for using semiotics in the understanding of cybertext?

     Argue for or against the POV that reading and writing are temporal processes that transform space.

     Who or what has control when "reading" a cybertext?

     Describe the parallels between the papyrus roll to codex and codex to cybertext transitions.

     Describe the four layers and components of a generalized, role-playing cybertext.

     Describe the "voices" inherent in adventure games.

     Will the computer become a well-respected author?

     Argue for or against the POV that MOOs are a literary phenomenon.

     How can MOOs enhance the social construction of knowledge?

     Distinguish writer from author.

     Will writers become programmers in a new live, process-capable, autonomous media?

     How is the ideology of the library being remade in the age of the networked computer?