We end here, with this tool, Hypertextopia. It's a website and a writing space
and a library, but perhaps the best way to think of it is as an essay. A sustained attempt to figure something out without knowing what the conclusion is, to explore these themes of literary forms, literary systems, and the shape of writing for the web.
Hypertextopia tries to be opinionated on the kinds of literary forms that hypertext lends itself to, pursuing axial structures and link types. It embraces the distinction between fragment and shard: Fragments form the main narrative arc of the story, the axis, the essential bits that you cannot skip or navigate around. Shards are the enriching bits, the citations, the asides, the footnotes, the little pieces that add depth to the argument. The fragment-shard dichotomy provides a continued tension between the essential and the enriching, which, hopefully, serves as a clarifying force while you write, helping to keep your core argument spare and powerful.
I hope that finishing this essay will have brought some of the nature of literary systems to light. If I'm lucky, the next time that you sit down to write, you'll think about the literary forms that you choose. In this, the information/communication age, literature springs eternal.FIN