(link) .. defines K.N.Hayles insisting on media specific analysis. If so the interpretation of electronic images can be related here too – emphazising on the common base of informational inscription which equalizes the transmission process of images and text on the level of code … nothing new, but still worth to reflect on the implications the necessary ‘translation’/reading-encoding processes evoke ….
Electronic Hypertexts Include Both Analogue Resemblance and Digital Coding. The digital computer is not,strictly speaking, entirely digital. At the most basic level of the computer are electronic polarities, which are related to the bit stream through the analogue correspondence of morphological resemblance. Higher levels of code use digital correspondence,for example in the rules that correlate the compiler language with a programming language like C++ or Lisp. Analogue resemblance typically reappears at the top level of the screenic image, for example in the desktop icon of a trash barrel.
Electronic Hypertexts Are Generated Through Fragmentation and Recombination.
As a result of the frothy digital middle of the computer’s structure, fragmentation and recombination are intrinsic to the medium.
Electronic Hypertexts Have Depth and Operate in Three Dimensions.
Digital coding and analogue resemblance each have specific advantages. Analogue resemblance allows information to be translated between two differently embodied material instantiations as when a sound wave is translated into the motion of a vibrating diaphragm of a microphone. Whenever two material entities interact, analogue resemblance is likely to come into play because it allows one form of continuously varying information to be translated into a similarly shaped informational pattern in another medium. Once this translation has taken place, digital coding is used to transform the continuity of morphological form into numbers (or other discrete codes). Intrinsic to this process is the transformation of a continuous shape into a series of code markers. In contrast to the continuity of analogue pattern, the discreteness of code enables the rapid manipulation and transmission of information.
.. some similarities can also be found in the earlier published text Virtual Bodies and Flickering Signifier