Skip to content

Category: Interactive Text Glossary Entry

Liquid Information

Some say information wants to be free.

The reality is that power of information comes from the fact that information is interaction – information on its own is dead and useless and in a very real sense not information at all.

Liquid Information is therefore about freely interacting with information, letting information interact with other information and ultimately, for the users themselves to become liquid within the information, to themselves flow amongst the information, not to just skim the surface.

Being liquid means that wherever the user’s curiosity is sparked the user can interact with any information to question it, find out more, see it differently, compare and contrast it, change it, share it and more, more than we can possibly imagine at this very early point of the digital evolution.

When information is freed, it is we who become free.

This is the philosophy as developed by Frode Hegland with Sarah Walton.

Leave a Comment


The term ‘citation’ in interactive text terms refers to the academic tradition of ‘citing a source’, meaning showing where the source of a quote or the basis for an assertion comes from.

With reference to interactive text, it is used as indicating a richer type of link, which has information about the destination of the link added to the source of the link, such as author, publication and so forth.


From Wikipedia:

Broadly, a citation is a reference to a published or unpublished source (not always the original source). More precisely, a citation is an abbreviated alphanumeric expression embedded in the body of an intellectual work that denotes an entry in the bibliographic references section of the work for the purpose of acknowledging the relevance of the works of others to the topic of discussion at the spot where the citation appears. Generally the combination of both the in-body citation and the bibliographic entry constitutes what is commonly thought of as a citation (whereas bibliographic entries by themselves are not). References to single, machine-readable assertions in electronic scientific articles are known as nanopublications, a form of microattribution.


From Etymology Online:

citation (n.) Look up citation at Dictionary.comc. 1300, “summons, written notice to appear,” from Old French citation or directly from Latin citationem (nominative citatio) “a command,” noun of action from past participle stem of citare “to summon, urge, call; put in sudden motion, call forward; rouse, excite” (see cite).

Meaning “passage cited, quotation” is from 1540s. From 1918 as “a mention in an official dispatch.”

Leave a Comment

Interactive Fiction

As a rule, interactive fictions use links to vary what takes place in the narrative world, while hyperfiction more frequently uses links to vary the way underlying events are described: 

  • interactive fiction generally focuses on story while 
  • hyperfiction has predominantly focused on plot.

Storyspace 3 Mark Bernstein Eastgate Systems, Inc.

Leave a Comment