Of Two Minds Review -- The Momentary Advantage to Our Awkwardness

The Momentary Advantage of Our Awkwardness

"...[H]ypertext fictions in the late age of print exist in a trasductive moment that offers the momentary advantage of its own awkwardness. We are...allowed to see each melieu in the moment before it assumes its seamlessness, at a time when they are essentially communicating" (222).
My take on this awkwardness and its advantage is that hypertext and other forms of electronic communication are still new enough that they don't fit in yet. We still see gaps (or interstices), where electronic communication overlaps or just doesn't quite fit snugly up against other systems that surround such activities. In noticing these incongruities we and our students can glimpse the true nature of experiences--"what happens as we go" or what it is we are really engaged in--and re-assess our goals and activities to shape ourselves, each other, and the activities wherein we interact with each other.

Another take on contours from this essay:

"They are, in short, the essential communication between the writer who was and the writer who will be" (222).