The Path to Quality is an Open Conversation or None at All

Yeah, this is a big question and I love how she wanders through it, a personal feldgang that keeps approaching the issue from lots of angles, mostly asymptotically–my favorite oblique stance.


“I’m undergoing a fundamental change in thinking about a lot of things right now, and one of those is how I manage my personal knowledge. I am a very good researcher and acquirer of information, but over the past two years I’ve stressed over finding a good way to curate all the content I amass.”
Much good follows.
I would love to be able to just publicly annotate her post, but so much has been made of late by a few very loud megaphones about how this is a violation of …privacy?  This chilling is the result of assuming ill will and bad motive on the net instead of addressing it as it happens.  Speech is chilled because of this overarching, bend-over-backwards need to armor the few from the truly few trolls roaming the net.
So I privately annotate and don’t share OR I ask permission. Just another bit of friction this asking permission. I annotate as a way of close reading.  Too many sites. It ruins the spontaneity of initial read.
I think that if you want to be part of the commons, you subject yourself to the dangers, known and unknown,  of the commons.  I don’t see how it can work as a commons otherwise.  Of course, you must protect the commons from those who seek to enclose it, the trolls who seek to close off discussion and difference with hate and misfeasance, but that is the duty of those who use the commons.  You need the community to help you fight these battles.
If you call on the community and they do not rise to the call, then I think folks may indeed withdraw from that community.  Not really a community then is it?  If you decide to fight the fight by yourself, then so be it, but don’t expect to withdraw your goodwill from the rest of us and not get a response.  My response was to no longer read those who want to be public but accept no public duty.  I really did believe that I had a right to annotate and to do so in a public way and to share it.  But now? Not as much.  The shine is way off that bloom.

2 Replies to “The Path to Quality is an Open Conversation or None at All”

  1. Too bad some close off the deeper reading that annotation encourages. Seems to me that content publishers would be delighted to have a few more taking the time to read, understand and share their articles.

    Nothing prevents us from printing the articles then mark them up with a yellow highlighter. However that wastes paper and limits discussion and sharing of ideas.

    FeEl free to continue to annotate the heck out of my work.

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