RhetNetFebruary 1995

Megadocument vs. metadocument

Eugene Ortiz

About this meta-document business. Am I mistaken or is Bob Jansen saying that there us some problem with such a thing? I mean, I don't understand what is wrong with being lost in space (assuming I understand the term). Isn't this what Jay Bolter talks about in Writing Space (1991)?

I think that this idea is desirable and probably inevitable. Just as we cite little hand-held documents within other hand-held documents, the volume of the different hand-held documents together increases until ther is just one big document. Who would care, at that point, about context within a small area? To me, there is only one text NOW. All we are leading up to is a linking of the existing chapters, episodes, acts, etc.

It just occurs to me that I am speaking of something better defined as a mega-document rather than a meta-document. Does this make sense? One text, one document, one discipline, one humanity, etc.

Date:         Sat, 4 Feb 1995 21:41:54 -0500
Sender: CyberJournal for Rhetoric and Writing 
From: Eugene Ortiz 
Subject:      Re: all: editing?

Do you have something to say?

bobj's reply morphing editors geoff's note