Remediating the apocalypse

Some ideas about navigation

The hypertextual structure of this web project is still evolving.

The 25 boxes on the home page will provide 25 entry points to this project – about half are currently active. Each portal provides a begining for the project as well as representing an entrance to a particular stream or section but they also lead – through the hyperlinks – to the other sections within the site. So the theory is that you can start anywhere and eventually go everywhere.

There are four primary navigational linking strategies which provide a user with a set of choices in their interaction with this resource.

  • Certain key elements in the main text of each window/page are linked to other areas of the site that give further thoughts, background or links.
  • These internal links are supplemented by links to other web sites, which either provide access to more resources on particular texts under discussion (such as films, theoretical texts, TV shows, news articles) or general information on particular authors or ideas. I have especially linked to other hypertext projects.
  • The related pages listed at the top of the right sidebar provide a summary set of links to other sections of this site that explore closely related ideas to those explored in the current page. These links allow you to navigate through a particular stream/section but will also lead you to related materials in other streams. The depth and interconnections of these links across the streams/sections will develop further as each stream develops a greater spatial depth of its own.
  • The option at the bottom of the right sidebar: “Got to another page” provides another way of navigating the site. Following these links will lead you through each stream/section and then jump to the next section. This link therefore allows you to navigate the whole site in a more linear fashion.

This web project is an evolving space exploring contemporary manifestations of the apocalyptic in current affairs and popular culture. It is being developed in association with my Ph.D. research and is both a research method and a presentation of that research. In exploring the apocalyptic I am particularly interested in mapping a series of multimodal mythic clusters that are evolving through a process of remediation which I identify as a key cultural logic for an age in which electracy is the new literacy of nomadic subjects. This hypertextual presentation foregrounds affiliational logic and although I hope the project accumulates meaning it does not seek to present a single, formal, linear argument. I have presented some of these ideas in more traditional academic formats in other places. Although the navigational choices are the user's own these tips may be useful. Feedback is very welcome.

Marcus O'Donnell 2005-2006