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From Deleuze: "But what is a body without organs? The spider too sees nothing, perceives nothing, remembers nothing. She (181) receives only the slightest vibration at the edge of her web, which propagates itself in her body as an intensive wave and sends her leaping to the necessary place. Without eyes, without nose, without mouth, she answers only to signs, the merest sign surging through her body and causing her to spring upon her prey Search is not constructed like a cathedral of like a gown, but like a web. The spider-Narrator, whose web is the Search being spun, being woven by each thread stirred by one sign or another: the web and the spider, the web and the body are one and the same machine. Though endowed with an extreme sensibility and a prodigious memory, the narrator has no organs insofar as he is deprived of any voluntary and organized use of such faculties. On the other hand, a faculty functions within him when constrained and obliged to do so; and the corresponding organ wakens within him, but as an intensive outline roused by the waves that provoke its involuntary use. Involuntary sensibility, involuntary memory, involuntary thought that are, each time, like the intense totalizing reactions of the organless body to signs of one nature or another. It is this body, this spider's web, that opens or seals each of the tiny cells that a sticky thread of the Search happens to touch. Strange plasticity of the narrator: it is the spider-body of the narrator, the spy, the policeman, the jealous lover, the interpreter--the madman-- the universal schizophrenic who will send out a thread toward Charles the paranoiac, another thread toward Albertine the erotomaniac, in order to make them so many marionettes of his own delirium, so many intensive powers of his organless body, so many profiles of his own madness. (181-182) (Gilles Deleuze, Proust and Signs The Complete Text, Translated by Richard Howard, Theory Out of Bounds, Volume 17, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis 1972)

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The following code is what enables us to search this dissertation by keyword:

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We are also able to do it for free because of the fact that our Search box advertises its source. It's a basic trade. Bravenet offers web designers pre-scripted source codes in exchange for the dissemination of their service in hopes of selling people on the "Gold Package" (or whatever it's called) that enables users to manipulate the code more to fit their needs and to do so without using advertisements.

However, it is no rocket science to simply alter the code yourself for free.

Or we can just show how it can be manipulated, that is, if you know how to read code. Click here for a different Search Page: Search II

For instance, the following code has been changed from the previous search site to demonstrate how just a tiny but of experience with code writing can allow you to get stuff for free--without the mandatory endorsement of advertisements and subsequent cheapening of perceived content quality:

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Which actually looks like this:

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after it is read by a computer. Advertisement is gone. Standard lingo, gone....

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Whatever you type in here is recorded off-site in a statistical register and is used to locate other files that contain whatever keyword you enter into the form.

So, what we have really done here is replace the book index with a searchable database that is not ruled by alphabetical order. It still functions in basically the same way as an index. What must be done on the other end in order to make this database actually work is that each page on this site (my dissertation) must be entered into the database with a list of keywords that defines its content. Up to 10,000 key words can be entered into each page's searchable terms, but they must all be separated by spaces. Words like "and" and "the" and the like are of course not listed. This process is very time consuming and, of course, disrupted by any kind of editing one might do of a page's content; therefore, it is really a last step in the text's construction.

But what is the nature of a keyword search? It is the kind of research that relies heavily on predetermined categories that may or may not have to do with the actual content that comprises the substance of each page.

And what do these search boxes do, aside from ripping content from context? The hyperlink functions differently. The way I have designed them in this project, they do not permanently distract from the text by way of forwarding to another page, but open another page on top of the one which contains the hyperlink. In this way, the text is always anchored. Links which are selected open as extraneous layers on top of the primary--grounded--page's content, to be either immediately engaged, closed abruptly, or saved for later. What results is not a labyrinthine passage through an indeterminate text, but a collecting of pages for later perusal--the construction of an anthology, in a sense, where the actual piece of the texts may be read in their entirety but the chapters or nodes of information remain visually contained.

Of course, one must keep in mind, that this is not the way these pages have to work. This is the way they have been assembled. One might ask to what end?  If the purpose of writing a dissertation in hypertext is to explore the possibilities and limitations of the medium, then why mess with discontinuity? Why attempt to determine your reader's next encounter when the medium you are working with seems to undo any attempts at controlling a final outcome or end result. The emphasis is placed automatically on the reader's passage through the text.

For Deleuze, the search is like a spider constructing her web

The Arcades Project Project is part of Heather Marcelle Crickenberger's doctoral dissertation entitled "The Structure of Awakening": Walter Benjamin and Progressive Scholarship in New Media which was defended and passed on June 27, 2007 at the University of South Carolina. The committe members are as follows: John Muckelbauer, Ph.D, Judith James, Ph.D., Dan Smith, Ph.D, Brad Collins, Ph. D., and Anthony Jarrells, Ph.D. Copyright 2007 by Heather Marcelle Crickenberger. All rights reserved. lems concerning what you find here, feel free to contact me at marcelle@thelemming.com. You are also invited to leave a message for me and other visitors HERE. The Arcades Project Project or The Rhetoric of Hypertext