The idea of presenting this thesis as a hypertext didn’t occur until I had already been working with it for a while. I realised that I had problems organising the different topics and ideas I wanted to present, in a linear fashion. In my head it was all a web of intertwined ideas, thoughts and experiences and somehow I wanted to make that come across in the thesis as well. Originally the idea was a lot more visual in it’s presentation but I had to compromise in order not to let it take too much time, and demand too complicated technical solutions. Still, I hope that this hypertext will invite the reader to explore the content in any order they like, and to focus on the parts of it they feel are interesting and leave the rest out. To give an overview of the thesis I have created a [mind map]. [this is not done yet]
There is also available a [linear (‘traditional’) version of the text], but it doesn’t contain all the available material and is to be seen as a heavily abbreviated version of the thesis that can work as an introduction to it, or maybe some sort of overview.
The idea of letting the form of the essay reflect the content.
The content for me very much consists of different bits and pieces, elements, experiences, thoughts, ideas, influences etc. that are not clearly connected, but that rather form a whole because they are all contained within one body/mind (i.e. Me). In creating this essay as a hypertext I am doing the same. The whole is created by the united effect of the different pieces, solely by them all being included in this work, rather than by them being organized in a straight ‘logical’ fashion.
By doing this I aim at letting the form reflecting the very nature of knowledge.
About presentation of knowledge
The texts doesn’t have to be connected, there is no need to frame them with words. I can have four loose texts about method and the frame is created by tags and cathegories.
The whole is created by induction and triangulation and the final work (of assembling and understanding) is handed over to the reader. The “Thesis” is like a micro version of what (academic) knowledge is, i.e. a cluster of information, texts, pieces of a puzzle, where the end result, the total knowledge, occurs in the reader, in every individual, having his or her own individual experience (whet texts you’ve read, in what order, what you have played, when, with whom, where you’ve been etc.). Knowledge, in context and in constitution, is personal and can never be anything else but personal.