Some weaknesses in Kress’ multi-modality framework

In The garden of forking paths Jorge Luis Borges describes a novel where a character can choose a path such that it does not eliminate the option of pursuing a mutually exclusive path. Thus, the character can traverses a future wherein their paths diverge and then converge again, thereby allowing alternative possibilities to occur simultaneously. This fictional labyrinth is a fitting metaphor for understanding the hyperlinked, hyper-reality of the world wide web where infinite possibilities are laid out before the user like a labyrinth and they can walk along an endless trail along forking paths.

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