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I. THEORY – 1. Epistemic system(s)

Linearity

Giorgio Buccellati – January 2022

Linearity

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Non-linearity

The concept of “non-linear” refers to the punctuated nature of the thread. The thread is in fact linear, only its utilization is non-linear. What this means is really that a segment of a linear thread is taken out of context, i. e., out of its linear sequence and raised to the level of independent linearity. We may call this “sub-linear”.


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Fig. 3. Sub-linear as a segment of a linear thread (no context)

In Fig. 3, the sub-linear segment c-d-e is extracted from the linear sequence a-g and seen as an autonomous mini-sequence. It is linear, but in such a reduced state that it appears to be non-linear. This effect is made even more apparent because of the “jump links”* that lead the user to the parallel narratvies B and C, where, however, the segments m and r are in turn taken out of context.

Part of the problem is that, in effect, a digital narrative is not, in current use, so constructed as to produce a real narrative thread. In other, words, the sequence a-g is not generally constructed (“written”) as a coherent argument. In other, words, the sequence a-g is more of a gathered aggregate than a logically flowing argument. This means that it naturally (“natively”) lends itself to being dissected, its pieces being taken in isolation. In other words, there is really no context out of which the sub-linear segments are taken. The original narrative is but an aggregate of sub-linear segments.

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Multi-linearity

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