Audience Delivers Hypertext

At the 1996 Conference on College Composition and Communication Annual Convention, many linear papers were read on the subject of hypertext and its reception. The purpose of ADH is to demonstrate a new way of delivering hypertext that will be multilinear or rhizomatic. C-FEST has proposed a Special Interest Group for the 1997 CCCC at which we will give this interactive, collaborative multimedia performance on the ethics and mechanics of delivery.

The bulk of the hypertext is being created by collaborators from the C-FEST group, which has been meeting regularly at Lingua MOO to discuss delivery at the CCCC; however, you are also invited to add to this work (see below).

The hypertext will be presented on an LCD overhead projector. Audience members will decide what links are followed. If the author of the text on the page is present, she or he will read it. At that point, comments will be taken from the audience, and then someone will choose the next link. The entire session will be recorded and photographs will be taken of the audience. These elements of the performance will be integrated afterwards into the hypertext and the "final" project will be submitted to Kairos, the online journal.

Articles should not normally exceed 2,500 words and reviews should be between 500-1000 words. Please note that we reserve the right to shorten contributions where necessary. Authors should also note that we plan to 'mirror' the printed edition of Computers & Texts on our Web site.

What parts of the hypertext will be viewed during the allotted time cannot be predicted; however, some of the aspects of delivery which might be explored are: The ethics of performance and the performance of ethics, Aristotelian notions of audience and delivery, delivery at the CCCC, elocution, delivery of hypertext in the classroom, all textual consumption as delivery, delivery-as-metaphor (birth, religious salvation, safety, carrying a package), etc.

If you are interested in taking part, email Matthew Levy at levy@onramp.net. Please ask questions or go ahead and send material for the project (preferably, but not necessarily in html). Text segments need to be short--under 100 words--because there will not be time during the SIG for longer readings. You may also submit original graphics (maximum 50k jpeg).

KAIROS Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments.
Vol. 1 No. 2 Summer 1996