Most of us know the interface of linear text, and most of us can skim
effectively. While this is not impossible to do in hypertext, it's
harder to do. And as Kolb writes in his space titled "vice," bad writing
feels more indulgent and insipid in hypertext which pretends to a greater
stature (perhaps because once in the web of a hypertext, the reader is
There is the danger that creating a hypertext web would be the functional equivalent of writing without self-discipline: publishing drafts and jottings, self-indulgently exfoliating ideas without taking any position. This would infect the philosophical work with well-known diseases: wandering commentary, endless qualifications, fruitless self-reflection, unnecessary contentiousness, the deadweight of meta-level upon meta-level. This could both stem from and result in intellectual laziness. It could also cater to an uncritical audience that wanted to be titillated by the passage of ideas, but not to be challenged in its beliefs or values.