Or if it’s a research process that starts out digital, print out some of the material. If you have a printout, scan it and put it on your desktop. I think transmuting content and letting it change forms a little bit creates different possibilities. So again, when you’re dealing with lots and lots of content and the impulse is to use automated tools to sort them, you can do that, but also ask, “What’s it like if it’s all just in a folder and you rifle through?” Changing the mode of engagement and allowing things to emerge in a way that feels hopelessly unscientific is also an important technique of listening.
Ida C Benedetto