Impossibly distinct: On form/content and word/image in two pieces of computer-based interactive multimedia *

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Much that is written to assist students in composing with or judging the visual aspects of texts assumes that those visual aspects work as form or theme or emotion or assistance to memory: in such writing the visual is separate from and made to support the words or content or message or information of the text. Through a comparative analysis of two pieces of computer-based interactive multimedia whose words are similar but visual structures different, this article argues that the visual aspects of these texts are idea and assertion, doing the work of content and information. We need then to expand or modify the conceptual categories we use in our teaching about the visual aspects of texts.

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Computers and Composition