Thomas Basbøll published a final post on his Research as Second Language blog today. He’s been having doubts about social media, and, somewhat to my surprise, considers blogs to fall into that category. His main concern is that with the ‘immediate’ audience that this kind of media entails, he’s already thinking of the response before completing the thought. From now on his website will be the place in which to collects those thoughts – I look forward to following them there.
Thomas is concerned with contributing to a body of knowledge rather than getting caught up in the chatter of the day. The advancement of learning through “gathering and refining and challenging each other’s assumptions” is the great promise of hypertext and the web – a vast library potentially open to all. Mandy Brown, in her reading notes to Walter Ong’s Orality and Literacy, draws attention however to the fact that the web is as much a place “talk” as it is to publish, reminding us to distinguish between the two: What we refer to as publishing on the the web is in fact often something else:
Walter Ong calls this “secondary orality,” that is, orality which is written in the technical sense (via pecking at a keyboard) but which is fundamentally an element of oral culture.
Jeremy Keith also published something today. A look at the dissonance that arises when articles published on his site are syndicated to Medium, for example, and opened up to the kind of commentary we know all too well from social media. It’s not that Jeremy isn’t open to dialogue – webmentions enable a conversation with what others have posted on their own sites. One of those responses comes from Colin Devroe:
By publishing to my own web site first I feel like I’m curating a library rather than throwing loose papers into a raging torrent.
100 Days of Something: 32 “Talking and Publishing” #The100DayProject https://rudigermeyer.com/notes/2016-05-20-23-52-21