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Hypermedia and the worldview of secondary literacy

, The University of Texas at Austin, United States

The University of Texas at Austin . Awarded


A quasi-experiment was conducted using networked computers to study interactive multimedia or hypermedia (electronic text linked to other text and to audio, video, animation, and graphics). Based on the theories of Walter Ong, George Landow, and others this experiment examines: (a) the influence of prior experience with computers and computer applications; (b) the efficacy of pre-experiment training on the use of the design schema; and (c) relationships (and correlations) of mental models with hypermedia. Theorizing that hypermedia may somewhat match or resemble human cognition, with a node-linked system based upon semantic structures, this project also discussed the possibility of mapping the structure of knowledge representing it. Overarching the research is the premise that hypermedia creates and functions in a new worldview, a secondary literacy in which the characteristics of the holistic, relational oral world are melded to the linear, sequential world of print.


Brackenridge, E.W. Hypermedia and the worldview of secondary literacy. Ph.D. thesis, The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved March 24, 2019 from .

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