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Shrinking screen sizes have shifted the way we absorb information on digital platforms. While more people receive their news online, our screen sizes decreased. Users scroll through endless streams of information.

How to stop scrolling and navigate through multi-perspective stories? How to become a drifter? To explore these questions, the timeline lays out the history of navigating and linking bits of information online, in relation to popular screen types.

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In fact, most texts are not intended to be read sequentially. The idea of cross-references, indexes, notes, annotations, and bibliographical citations is not a new idea of the digital era.

The page layout of the Babylonian Talmud consists of rabbinical commentaries that are surrounding the core text. Navigational aids (such as page number, tractate name, chapter number, chapter name) and glosses (mostly emendations to the text or cross-references) support the reader.

Installation presented at Dutch Design Week 2022.

Research and Design: Karin Fischnaller (The Anderen) Web development: Julian Schmidt Interviews held with: Geert Lovink, Jordi Viader, Studio Moniker, Noortje van Eekelen

Many thanks to Roosje Klap for the guidance and fruitful discussions. Research kindly supported by Creative Industries Fund NL.

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