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An electronic journal concerned with the implications
of electronic networks and texts

EJournal is a pioneering all-electronic, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary academic journal published since 1991. We are especially interested in theory and practice surrounding the creation, transmission, storage, interpretation, alteration and replication of electronic "text," broadly defined. We are also interested in the broader social, psychological, literary, economic and pedagogical implications of computer-mediated networks. 

Volume 14   Number 1 September 2004

In This Issue:
Link to Editors' Foreword, V12-13N1 Editor's Foreword

Doug Brent
Link to Social Networking in the On-line Classroom

Feature Article
What Makes Web Pages Different: 
Reemphasizing the Role of Hypertext to Develop Rhetorical Webs

Christopher Paul
University of Minnesota


Although the world wide web is nearing a decade of existence, rhetorical scholars have yet to develop a clear methodology for analyzing websites. Most of the scholarship that attempts this task ends up mirroring offline analysis, consequently missing out on much of the dynamism that characterizes web texts. This paper advances a conception of engaging in rhetorical analysis of websites predicated on how hypertext, the technology that facilitates the web, functions. By adapting the work of Donna Haraway, hypertext can be seen as agentic, as the key aspect of web based signification. This change away from a focus on how either programmers or readers make meaning out of hypertexts facilitates criticism that starts with what distinguishes online texts and moves out to incorporate traditional rhetorical tools into textual analysis. This type of rhetorical analysis, based on recognizing rhetorical webs, proffers a stable text for analysis, while preserving the dynamism and respecting the different modes of communication enacted by websites.

Founding Editor
Ted Jennings, Emeritus,  University at Albany, State University of New York.

Founding Advisory Board 
Dick Lanham, University of California at Los Angeles
Stevan Harnad, University of Southampton
Ann Okerson, Association of Research Libraries
Joe Raben City, University of New York
Bob Scholes, Brown University
Harry Whitaker, University of Quebec at Montreal

Current Advisory Board 
Stevan Harnad, University of Southampton
Frank E. X. Dance, University of Denver
Davis Foulger, Temple University
Ann Okerson, Association of Research Libraries
  Charles Ess, Drury University

Doug Brent
, University of Calgary

Associate Editor
Joanna Richardson, Griffith University, Australia

ISSN 1054-1055

EJournal receives financial and technical support from
the Learning Commons and the Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary