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Aristotle's more positive approach to the notion of becoming suggests a different way to view time and texts. If at any moment a text is both static and changing, then recalling that text implies that its form exists in a particular point of time--its eternal, static quality--and yet is evolving through time, forming and re-forming in a kind of now-ness.

Texts written for hypertextual environments, like Kairos , make the dual states of being and becoming of a text more readily apparent than perhaps those that are not. At any given time we access a webtext to read, we are, in effect, capturing words represented by a reclaimable stream of binary coding produced at a particular point in time, capturing words to read at that moment and perhaps to recollect later in our writing for others in the future to read.

Thus at that point in time Kairos  is a static text. And at the same time, the way we follow the threads of the hypertext and the way we process the information contained in its multiple threads, pushes the words beyond their static state into a new contexts of meaning in an evolving iteration. The nature of hypertextual environments--its open-endedness, dynamicism, and flexibility--facilitates change and resists stabilization in a very obvious and natural way.

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