Unlike modern readers, who follow the flow of a narrative from beginning to end, early modern Englishmen read in fits and starts and jumped from book to book. They broke texts into fragments and assembled them into new patterns by transcribing them in different sections of their notebooks. Then they reread the copies and rearranged the patterns while adding more excerpts. Reading and writing were therefore inseparable activities. They belonged to a continuous effort to make sense of things, for the world was full of signs: you could read your way through it; and by keeping an account of your readings, you made a book of your own, one stamped with your personality.
I'm a university professor and I think that are.na has a lot of potential for discussing and sharing content related to my class.
Does anyone else out there use are.na in an academic setting (faculty and student comments welcome)?
I'd love some thoughts on what works and what doesn't - or if it works well at all.
The Internet can be more than just a resting place to publish your finished ideas - it can also be an incubator for ideas that aren't fully formed, a birthing center for developing work that you haven't started yet. (p. 82)
New flow these days:
only follow channels I want instant updates on
if I like a channel and want to refer back to it, I'll connect it to a related channel that I own
check explore when i want to kill time and connect stuff as i see it
I like the people and things on are.na a lot more than everywhere else, so I try to replace other services with are.na as a means of a) experimenting with the site, b) cutting out service clutter/overload, and c) consolidating all the things I need to a single place that I’m happy to pay for.
I use two ‘arenapaper’ channels to replace Instapaper. When I’ve read something from the ‘read’ channel, it goes to the ‘archive’ channel.
I use ‘scrobbler’ to replace the last.fm service, as well as any other ‘recent activity’ lists. This one is particularly useful because nowadays I listen to music on youtube, spotify, bandcamp, niconico, itunes, boomkat etc, and it’s very easy to just link to all of these in one place.
I have a bunch of channels that are essentially youtube music playlists, but without the functionality. Admittedly, these would probably be better as playlists on youtube, but I still prefer to keep them on are.na.
I have a portfolio channel that has a lot of my work from the last few years. It’s a surprisingly good experience, I think. Someone can just click through each image, and they’ve all got descriptions and info. I’ve added tags to each image (i.e publishing, branding, etc) so that you can use the basic channel filter as well.