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Do You Want Love or Lust?

In Claude Closky's Do You Want Love or Lust? (1997), commissioned by Dia Center for the Arts as part of an ongoing series, a series of questions culled from popular magazines of the time appear in the center of the browser window against a pastel-colored backdrop. Each question offers a set of binary choices, such as "Do you owe e-mail to three people or have you never bothered to answer anybody?" Clicking on one of the two choices brings up another question; the questions never seem to end, and the choices made by the user seem to have no effect on the course of the piece. Thus, it humorously subverts the genre conventions of both the magazine quiz, which typically offers the reader a score at the end, and interactive fiction, in which the user's decisions impact the work's outcome.