Throughout the essay, Bret speaks of how simple text can be used to nudge and satisfy the curiosity of the reader. He states how our instruments of reading have changed but the method of conveying information has not. The author encourages us to take advantage of the possibilities of text by creating an interactive textual environment to convey information in a manner that encourages exploration; but at the same time keep the experience seamless and intuitive.
I agree with what the author says. Exploration should be one of the core values of learning and this is not limited to the medium of text. Bret has written an article on something called Dynamic pictures (http://worrydream.com/#!/DynamicPicturesMotivation) which encourages visual exploration. The same can be said for videos or animation. Seamless interaction with videos or animation is not possible by definition according to Crawford; however efforts have been made in that direction. It would be interesting to see how exploration can be integrated as a part of the video viewing experience.
I also believe such textual environments can be useful for interactive storytelling and not just conveying information. In the essay, Bret took a small excerpt which changed it’s conclusion based on the changes made in it’s paragraph. This could be a basis for creating plots or stories which change based on the user input; more like R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps.
With a reasonable user interface, interacting with the story would become very easy. But books like ‘Goosebumps‘ used to engage the user by it’s ‘hands-on’ approach, this does seem missing in such experiences.