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Hawkes, L. ; DeVRY Inst. of Technol., Irving, TX, USA

Kenneth Burke's New Rhetoric (1951) was meant to describe language as the basis of the interaction of individuals, objects, and courses of events in the human communication process. However, his theory can also be a useful rhetorical model to explain hypertext as a language event that relies on nested dialogues of visible text and invisible scripting. Moreover, Burke's belief that the purpose of discourse is to share knowledge with others provides a striking parallel to Vannevar Bush's original theory about hypertext. Even Burke's metaphor of a drama fits the purpose and process of hypertext

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Professional Communication, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

Dec 1994

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