Does Hypertext Suppress Definitive Answers?

When I originally discussed writing a piece for Kairos, the word "editorial" came up, which implied to me that I should give my opinion of an OWL's worth. I had trouble, though, giving such an opinion, and I'm wondering to what extent a hypertextual medium influenced my thinking.

When I began writing, I felt that the medium offered a good opportunity for others to browse through some issues that I considered essential to the development of OWLs. So I have focused more on offering an introduction to major issues than on pronouncing judgment. I'm not sure how much of this shift I can ascribe to the medium itself or to the simple realization that an overview of issues would be more useful.

If the medium does indeed have an effect, do we welcome it as an asset or a liability?

Stuart Blythe
Purdue University