There is, however, an exceptionally long tradition of moving one’s annotations out of the margins and into more expansive spaces like commonplace books, zettelkasten, wikis, Memex, and digital gardens…

This cultural thinking pattern also isn’t confined by literacy either. Dr. Lynne Kelly attests the idea of the storage of ideas and their subsequent potential revision in oral cultures in Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies - Orality, Memory, and the Transmission of Culture #. One may have lost the ability to track the original ideas in time, but the (useful) oral annotations” were aggregated into cultural knowledge over time.


It is literally and figuratively marginal. 1


links: annotations, marginalization, orality

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  1. [[Joining the great conversation’ — The fundamental role of annotation in academic society]] | syndication link↩︎


June 8, 2021