The Overseer

I suspect that the hypertext program Storyspace in a way encourages a controlling, overseeing subject position. This is because of its mapping tools; whether or not the text written is so dominated, the overall form of the links and visual appearance is laid out before the planning eye. On the other hand, this allows more complex linking strategies than, say, working straight in HTML. If there is something different about hypertext, it will be in the links. I was preoccupied with the question of what new gestures could be performed with links that could not be done in linear text. The smaller essays in the Socrates collection are more adventurous in that regard, but they just begin the experiments. (Of course, if there are linking strategies and forms there will be a strategizer, but whatever the causal role of the producing author it may or may not be the subject revealed in the text.)