Planning and Design

Among all the types of paper documents, narrative Action is one of the few that will not benefit from electronic organization. Almost every reference book has an index, but novels don’t because there is no need to be able to look something up in a novel. Novels are linear. Likewise, we’ll continue to watch most movies from start to finish. This isn’t a technological judgment—it is an artistic one. Their linearity is intrinsic to the storytelling process. New forms of interactive fiction are being invented that take advantage of the electronic world, but linear novels and movies will still be popular.

—Bill Gates, The Road Ahead (1995)

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