I wonder if one worthwhile way to use and think about Are.na is as an infrastructure for creating digital museums: focused explicitly on being visited and browsed, ordered and paired deliberately, featuring curated media content. Users are curators not just in the sense of private media collecting but of public media display on clean white walls.
"Another weird way i go about consuming arena content is by situating channels as 'endpoints' for things I've consumed. I have an 'Internalized' channel [and] when I'm confident I've fully internalized a concept, things will go in there."
"I have a 'Looseleaf' channel that is consumed linearly and usually in order, it's private and is basically my buffer/tab replacement for articles that i need to consume..once i've read through them, i sort them into a public channel that's more topical."
"I've found I nest channels within channels and relate them to one another in a pretty heavy way -- it helps me with figuring out how best to 'use' anything i've gathered in arena"
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.