There is too often in the praises of hypertext a willful looking away from the totalizing realities of the systems. I would refer to the debate between Rosenberg and Moulthrop in Hyper/Text/Theory (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995) about how the machinery of hypertext is always totalizing. We have to learn to work around them, as we do with print, working against and with the medium. Hypertext is not of itself a zone of freedom, for every medium has its shapes and shapings. Nothing is a zone of total freedom.

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