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Still, by concentrating on linkage and choice, I have tried to find clues about some capabilities that would help us be and communicate together. Computers, and hypertext in particular, are too often thought of as tools for the storage and manipulation of data. We have to come to understand the ways in which hypertext and CMC move us beyond data access into the realm of discursive gestures and poetics. Notes 1. For example, a practice called "slow reading" has developed on some e-mail lists. A book-length text is presented by a leader, a few sentences at a time, and messages are exchanged over the current section's meaning and significance in the larger text.
Structuralist models tend to suggest there is a single meaning to a text, a notion attacked forcefully by such poststructuralists as Derrida (1984). The problem arises from the equivalence relationship itself. The meaning of a text cannot reside in the text but only in the signs which represent the text. As such, the signs are only a part of the potential meanings of any text, and alternate equivalence relations lead to alternative meanings. Fiske (1982), in comparing semiotics to information processing, points out that semiotic systems involve not so much the transfer of information as the exchange of meanings.
As a recent example, a member of the ERL-L list on educational research accidentally sent a private message, about the need to keep a refrigerator door shut, to the entire list. The person immediately apologized, but several people failed to see the apology and took the note as a cryptic message about the state of educational research today. The metaphor continued to expand, as people considered the significance of the contents of the refrigerator, the fact that the door did not seal easily, and the amount of energy required to keep the food cold.