In Hypertext 2.0, George Landow cites Edward Said's work on how beginnings work in texts, which have particular relevance in thinking about the relative lack of beginnings in hypertexts (Web pages, etc.).

According to Landow, Said "argues that a 'beginning' is designated in order to indicate, clarify, or define a later time, place, or action. In short, the designation of a beginning generally involves also the designation of a consequent intention.... 'The beginning, then, is the first step in the intentional production of meaning'..." (78)."

Work Cited

Landow, George. Hypertext 2.0. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1997.

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