English 518 Course Blog

January 30, 2007


Filed under: Uncategorized — huihuiwu @ 10:41 pm

  The article Remediation-Understanding-New-Media is a little bit difficult for me to understand, but after reading, I still got some useful and important concepts.  

  When I saw the word “hypermedia”, I think it might be the same as “multimedia”. Then I looked up them, I found that they are quite different.  In my understanding, “hypermedia” is a intertwining of various medium of information— graphics, audio, video, text and hyperlinks, so it is not a linear presentation of information. Multimedia, on the other hand, is a much broader term, which make use of a range of forms of information content and information processing, such as  text, audio, video, graphics, and animation, with the purpose of providing information or amusing the audience.

 The difference between “multimedia” and “hypermedia” is that the former is  “linear and non-interactive”, while the latter is not linear but very interactive.  

    For example, TV shows and films are multimedia since it lacks the hyperlink and not interactive. While the World Wide Web is an example of hypermedia because  it is hyperlinked to various other sites. I’m not sure whether my examples are  correct or not, I’m here to listen to your comments. Thank you.



  1. While the web is certainly “wild” at times, the abbreviation actually stands for World WIDE Web… 🙂

    Comment by shenra — January 30, 2007 @ 11:05 pm | Reply

  2. Oh, thank you. I made a funny mistake. Yes, the web is really “wild”. It has superpower, providing information for us, entertaining us…
    How great it is!

    Comment by huihuiwu — January 30, 2007 @ 11:18 pm | Reply

  3. Dear Huihuiwu,

    Don’t think that you were the only one in our class who found this article difficult to understand. Thank you for defining the words “hypermedia, and multimedia,” and for providing the two web sites. My understanding of these concepts seems to be clearer as a result of our class’s progression in so much information afforded to us.

    Comment by spiders8 — April 15, 2007 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

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