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Discussion Questions
Hypertext: Of Mouse and Man

By Sven Birkerts
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1) For Birkets, the advent of electronic literacies may portend the end of the concept of an author since "the writer's independent authority is subtly undermined" (paragraph 11). What does this reveal about his definitions of author and reader and the relationship between the two?

2) Birkerts asserts that "the point of reading and writing" has been for a reader "to be subjected to the creative will of another...the author posesses wisdom, an insight, a way of looking at experience, that the reader wants" (paragraph 31). To what extent does this statement reflect your own experience as a reader? Does it accurately reflect your reasons for reading, or do you think Birkerts may not be granting you enough independence as a reader?


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