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The section titled New apprehensions of space and time┬áin Nigel Thrift’s essay described how “new sensings of space and time” have developed where we no longer view space as a flat map but instead as “open-ended” and constantly changing. His description seemed to relate directly to our playing of Myst. He says in his essay, “Third, spacetime is seen as ariising out of multiple encounters which, though structured, do not have to add up: as myriad adjustments and improvisations are made, so new lines of flight can emerge.” (592) While playing Myst, the same seems to happen. As the player clicks through the world, new paths are opened. With in the one hour of play time that I experienced I discovered many fragments of a narrative which expanded the navigable space of the game in a literal sense whether it was to new rooms or new worlds. Thrift’s essay further relates to Myst when he describes how this sense of open-ended space wouldn’t be possible without the “fine grid of calculation”. To the player, Myst seems open-ended. Every new screen brings on new questions, tasks, etc. But while these “rivers”, to use Thrift’s analogy, seem to expand and branch randomly, they are really part of a carefully laid out map by the game makers. The experience of Myst can be seen as, Thrift puts it, “A carefully constructed absolute space begets this relative space.” (592)

I further related this to the notion of hypertext which acts in a similar manner. Clicking through links is very similar to clicking through Myst. There’s always a new link to follow, or a river formed. But hypertext, especially in the case of the Internet, is a giant map of connected nodes just like the narrative of Myst. The emergence of new media such as hypertext or Myst has contributed to a change in the way we perceive space and time. Instead of a linear narrative we have developed a new way of exploring our world. I then begin to ask similar questions to those asked by Tristan in his post about Documentary Vision. With a new sense of virtual space and time are we now beginning to think differently about how we move through our physical world?