such important books like Espen Aarseth’s seminal study Cy-
bertext or Christiane Heibach’s Literatur im elektronischen Raum [Literature in Elec-
tronic Space] which claims to focus on what she calls “Sprachkunst” (‘art of lan-
guage’) in its varying medial surroundings but avoids any answer to the crucial
question whether there is a unique aesthetic difference regarding literature in com-
puter-based and networked media.
In order to illustrate what is meant by aesthetic difference let us return to Ut-
terback and Achituv’s Text Rain: The poem by Evan Zimroth as