Hypertext, through offering active power to the reader, calls into
question the responsibilities of the reader and the writer in the
communication process. The traditional power of
authorship, authority and ownership is also problematized. Joyce uses
George Landow to remind us that these questions run all the way to our
assumptions about "the literacy education and its institutions that so
depend upon these texts" (5).
For me, Of Two Minds also addresses the question most often encountered by creators, users of hypertext, or those who engage in other computerized communication practices. What does this really change? We usually don't deal with this question directly, but more often encounter the attitudes, glances, and half-swallowed comments spawned by this inquiry. Joyce's answer has a faint McLuhanesque echo. Ourselves.