An example from print: Bottom's Dream

Link from Hegemony and Hypertext

What makes reading hypertext so difficult?

To read hypertext, to use its links to make meaning, readers must act and be able to act as explorers and constructors of text and meaning rather than consumers of givens. But the hegemony of hypertext casts the reader as consumer as here in Hegemony and Hypertext. So readers and writers must resist. Writers must write to enable and encourage constructing, and publishers permit such construction with their texts and outside their texts.

example from print: *Bottom's Dream*

We consume words. BD's design pushes for construction and exportation rather than consumption. At the content level, it touts a lit=theory of etyms as construction elements. Stylistically, it ranges from vernacular to literary-formal. Narratively, it challenges focalization. At every turn, it keeps the active construction of meaning not encoded at the front. It also gives guidance to how to construct.

An example: [page from Bottom's Dream](x-devonthink-item:13D45361-2C5F-4324-95C8-A331AD6A9B19). Three columns. Another [two pages from BD: the etym](x-devonthink-item:E13D7188-0DCF-4489-918B-AFA216F5576C). Center column alone.

These pages illustrate how BD works at the content level and the stylistic level to push the reader to construct, explore, rather than consume.

Even materially, BD is constructed to resist to consumer hegemony. It's too big (folio). It's too heavy (13+ lbs). It seems, at first blush, “too difficult to read.” That is, as though even the sentences are going to be a challenge to parse, demanding too much attention. (I haven't found it so. I find it easier to read at the sentence level than Ulysses and FW, from the start.) In its design, it even prohibits teaching the text.

and so hypertext

In design, materiality can | must | will limit.