Over on TNN I recently noted Jill Walker's concept of a feral hypertext. She has just added some further information about the subject to her blog: jill/txt what is feral hypertext?
I find the notion appealing. Her intent is, in many ways, to look at activities such as tagging as a form of uncontrolled social hypertext. From a transliteracy perspective, I think it hints that web2.0 is creating shifts in our understanding of web literacy that only become clear over time. There have been no end of debates about whether the web is "truly" a hypertext. Jill's insight stirs the pot rather nicely. A tag cloud is nothing but a list of links with some basic formatting. Due to Vander Wal's initial framing of tagging in terms of "folksonomy" we have tended to think of tagging as a form of categorisation. Tag clouds however hint towards narrative and identity and Jill's notion of feral hypertext perhaps hints at one way to approach this.
Fascinating stuff, if you ask me.
For those still reading; I’ve challenged my partner to create a tag cloud cushion. A tag cushion I guess. Not a feral one as I expect it to stay indoors. What would you tag a cushion with?