Thursday, January 10, 2008

Blogs Are So Traditional

An interesting thought which fellow-blogger Adrian Slatcher and I shared over a bottle of wine last week: while hypertext (funny, we don't seem much to call it that any more) has given us the most amazing possibilities for non-linearity - honeycomb connections in all directions - the literature which has chiefly emerged as a result of the web, blogs turned into books, has been strikingly linear in form, since the blog, a progressively time-linked journal, is essentially linear in the most conventional and time-honoured of ways.

2 comments:

Bournemouth Runner said...

Obviously we didn't drink too much wine if you've remembered my conversation! I'm wondering though whether the novel that could be most easily put onto a blog would be Martin Amis's backwards running "Time's Arrow" - since the other things about blogs is that the most recent post comes first!

Elizabeth Baines said...

Still be linear, though, eh?

And also if you read the last post first it would no longer be a backwards narrative....