Moving towards a blog-like use of an Are.na channel as a publishing platform in its own right. Most blocks concerned with the way Are.na is used, the Are.na community, general knowledge management practice, etc.
Read it from the bottom, like a blog!
The hyperlink was a godsend for this reason. When I want to refer to something I’ve written before I just link to it in the text, and presto, it’s available but not too intrusive. That makes it possible to “import” a set of ideas much like you can import a code library when programming. With this mechanism increasingly advanced structures can be built. Imagine how it would cripple software if we could no longer reuse code like this. Well, that’s where ordinary journalism is right now. So they become boring to theoretically-minded people who do read a lot and want something more.
"One of the things that made his Zettelkasten or slip box (or note card file) so intriguing to the larger (German) public was a 1981 paper, entitled "Kommunikation mit Zettelkästen. Ein Erfahrungsbericht" (Communication with Index Card Systems. An Empirical Account. [...]) Luhmann claimed that his file was something of a collaborator in his work, a largely independent partner in his research and writing. It might have started out as a mere apprentice when Luhmann was still studying himself (in 1951), but after thirty years of having been fed information by the human collaborator it had acquired the ability of surprising him again an again. Since the ability of genuinely surprising one another is an essential characteristic of genuine communication, he argued that there was actually communication going on between himself and his partner in theory.
Luhmann also described his system as his secondary memory (Zweitgedächtnis), alter ego, or his reading memory or (Lesegedächtnis)."
There is a trade-off between economy of storage and economy of search: if each item of knowledge is stored once, in a dense conceptual interlock, there is a strong economy of storage but a heavy requirement for search expenditure. On the other hand, if each item is stored redundantly in each appropriate conceptual domain, search is rapid but storage redundancy high. (cf de Beaugrande)
Relational frame theory argues that the building block of human language and higher cognition is relating, i.e. the human ability to create bidirectional links between things.
To make a collection is to find, acquire, organise and store items, whether in a room, a house, a library, a museum or a warehouse. It is also, inevitably, a way of thinking about the world — the connections and principles that produce a collection contain assumptions, juxtapositions, findings, experimental possibilities and associations. Collection-making, you could say, is a method of producing knowledge.
During the Renaissance, private citizens collected items of note in their own homes, often in a specially decimated room known as a Wunderkammer, or cabinet of wonders, Aristocrats, monks, scholars, academicians, natural scientists and wealthy private citizens: the slightly motley group who made up the early modern public sphere were the initial protagonists. The compulsive interest of such people in collecting expressed itself as a drive to collate and understand significant objects: the fossils, minerals, specimens, tools and artisanal products that provided evidence for our knowledge of and theories about the world. And without modern — there was no British Library or Natural History Museum in London, or Library of Congress in Washington — it fell to interested parties to take up this job themselves.
Ways of Curating By Hans Ulrich Obrist 2014
A student makes hundreds of pages of photocopies and takes them home, and the manual labor he exercises in doing so gives him the impression that he possesses the work. Owning the photocopies exempts the student from actually reading them. This sort of vertigo of accumulation, a neocapitalism of information, happens to many. Defend yourself from this trap: as soon as you have the photocopy, read it and annotate it immediately. If you are not in a great hurry, do not photocopy something new before you own (that is, before you have read and annotated) the previous set of photocopies. There are many things I do not know because I photocopied a text and then relaxed as if I had read it.
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.
The overstimulated state I’ve been experiencing lately is hard to describe in regular emotional terminology. The ones that come to mind feel weird and futuristic.
Capacity Flux. Embodied Metacognition. Tambourine Soul. Experience Overdrive. Outer Limits.
As I described to a friend, it’s the sensation of becoming—more quickly than I have before.