I told you it didn't belong

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"There is, however, a conceptual problem here...The first-personness...is traditionally related to the lyrical experience in which the distance between the voice of the poem and the listener is considerably reduced...In short, Laurel seems to believe that a work such as Zork cannot incorporate both narratological and dramatic devices." page 137 of Espen J. Aarseth's Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature

At this point I'm getting used to Aarseth inventing his own words. But even with his big, new English words his argument still isn't winning me over, as evidenced by the above passage. Narrative is a crucial element in all literature and is even more so in the greatest pieces of literature. Zork is a perfect example of how cybertexts will continually fall short of meeting that requirement and I think Aarseth recognizes that. 
Conceptually, cybertexts always seemed to lack at least one important literary element. I'm not trying to knock them for it because in every instance they can't help it. Cybertexts are what they are. They can be great in their own existence, there's no question about that. However, they cannot be great or even be a part of something in which they do not have all the necessary elements to be a part of.
I think of cybertexts like Michael Jordan from the mid 1990's. Nobody will argue that M.J. is not one of the greatest, if not the greatest, basketball player of all time. It would also be fair to say he was one of the greatest all-around athletes in history, too. But just because he was such a great athlete meant nothing when he tossed out his sneakers in favor of a baseball cap. Both basketball and baseball players can be great athletes but neither possesses all the necessary skills to be great in the other's sport. 
As such, everybody remembers Jordan as one of the greatest to ever play on the hardwood. Those same people will also remember some notable early cybertexts as being crucial in creating a great genre separate from literature all their own.

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