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    This essays main analysis will focus around the element of control that hypertexts possess. I’m going to be looking at how specific features of the hypertext are affected by control, and in turn, how these influence the readers/players decisions. The hypertext narrative I have chosen to analyse is a game called The Stanley Parable written by Davey Wreden. The game involves you playing as a man named Stanley who one day believes all his co-workers are gone. It is narrated by a voiceover who gives you instructions on what you to do. I’ve chosen this particular hypertext as it plays with the element of control in an intriguing way. As well as following the narrator’s instructions, you can also defy them and create your own path in the game. For example, when you come to a set of two doors the narrator says ‘Stanley went through the door on his left’, but there is nothing stopping you from going through the other door. Modir et al (2014:5) sees it important that within a hypertext the ‘author has to surrender some degree of control to the readers’. This is an important aspect in hypertexts and something which is interesting in The Stanley Parable. The author does surrender control by giving the player other options to choose, but they still hold control in different ways. A main way of doing this is that quite often you are unsure of where the links/doors will take you. For example, whilst being instructed to go up a set of stairs you’re told that they lead to a certain place.…

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    In these two stories " Tell the truth but tell it slant" and " Like the sun" both Emily Dickinson and the protagonist Sekhar, understand that the cold hard truth is not always the best to tell. Although honesty is the best policy, there is a certain type of honesty that should only be told. In the story " Tell the truth but tell it slant " the author Emily Dickinson says " Tell the truth but tell it slant- Success in circuit lies too bright for our infirm delight. In this quote Emily Dickinson…

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    these determinations. “Truth is exact correspondence with reality” (Yogananda, n.d.). According to Pecorino, the Correspondence Theory is “based on the belief that a proposition is true when it conforms with some fact or state of affairs” (2000). This means that something is only true when there are cold hard facts to prove it to be true. For example, the statement “there is a toothpick in my sandwich” can be proved to be true just by looking at my sandwich and seeing that there is a…

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    not with a bang but a whimper.” The famous final line of T.S. Elliots poem, The Hollow Men. For a long time, the end of the world has been on the mind millions. With many possible variations of the apocalypse, ranging from zombies, nuclear fallout, robot takeover, alien invasion, and natural disasters, it’s hard for the topic to not cross the mind at least once. But how has the media affected the general population's perception of the end? Some claim that the media is brainwashing our youth, but…

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    Every day, the truth is the hardest pill to swallow. Most of the time we open the medicine cabinet and pretend not to see it while we take two tablets of hope and swallow it quick to feel the happier, elating effects faster. It’s much easier to push out the truth than to accept it. These ideas are very clear in William Blake’s “The Chimney Sweeper” and Rosanna Warren’s “In Creve Coeur, Missouri.” Two children in different parts of the world are forced into unimaginable circumstances that can…

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    1. Define the truth and explain why it is important to seek the truth. The truth to me is like a lingering fart…everyone can smell it, everyone knows it’s there, but no one wants to admit it. Now there are three parts to this: how the truth always comes through, how people will always know it’s there, and how the truth can be hard to admit. The truth always comes out because it just will. If someone lies about something and they feel like they got away with it, even if years pass, the truth will…

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    In my opinion, Ned is a sympathetic character. I think the author wants us to like Ned and I like him. In the story, Ned works so hard, he swims across the county. Ted is really a sympathetic man, he is bankrupt, and his memory loses this part. He thinks that Lucinda and his daughter are waiting him at home. When he begins swimming in Westerhazys' pool, and the Grahams' swimming pool, they treated him hospitably. When it storms, he stays in the Levys' gazebo. When he gets to the Welchers' , he…

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    media. Photography is widely open for interpretation. In the case of Errol Morris’ “Will the Real Hooded Man Please Stand Up?” the lack of context and textual clues make it hard to discern what was true or what the photograph claimed to show. This idea of truth is a notion Morris continues to comment on throughout his piece. He does not merely talk about truth in the context of the photographs he’s discussing, but instead truth as a universal topic, a topic we…

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    Decision-making and finding truth are important skills that are necessary to be an active and participating individual of our culture. Not just one aspect of myself is sufficient to make well balanced and education decisions. When seeking truth, I rely on the trifecta of my biology degree, my liberal arts education, and my faith. Finding truth in American pop culture relies on the usage of all three tools to make decisions. When taking positions on controversial topics, I like to use science…

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    Meaning that the theory bases the truth of a belief on how well it gets along with other beliefs in a belief system. For example: if you are in a fraternity, they have a set of beliefs to follow. If one belief claims that all brothers can be a part of another fraternity, while still an active member of the first fraternity, then this belief would have no truth, because the belief system is based around that one fraternity. It would be impossible for two conflicting beliefs to be true under…

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