I had an interview with Remi Kalir Saturday morning about Hypothes.is. It is part of his research effort to look more deeply into Hypothes.is as it is used in professional contexts. I mentioned to him the need to go further with what is generated in the margins that Hypothes.is enables, to not abandon them, to use/re-use them. Below is an attempt to think out loud about what I mean.
I took Kevin Hodgson’s (@dogtrax) reply here
and remixed it as scene from a play.
A Re-purposed Annotation
K: I don’t have the answers.
T: Thank the gods.
K: I just know.
T: What do you know?
K: We need to keep pushing against the testing machine
T: Speak it, Brother Lud
K: And the infrastructure horse it rode in on.
T: Amen and what the hell else.
K: Find paths forward, sideways, up around and through to help our students.
T: What if we can’t see clearly?
K: Do it, even if the path is not always visible. Especially then.
T: We can’t do this alone. We need each other…
K: …we need voices…
T: …in the margins supporting the work and learning going on…
K: ..we need networks, communities, affinity spaces, whatever you dare to call it.
T: Mos def, we need to raise the stakes.
K: I see your raise and call ya. Whadya got?
T: A heart flush.
K: A winnuh!
We could take any number of the other responses in the sidebar annotations of the original article and do the same. Make poems, multimodal works, original essays inspired by them, collaborative how-to’s, etc. . I am reminded of what Scott Bradlee does with PostModernJukebox–adapts pop songs to other times and styles. Why not that here? We just can’t thoughtlessly abandon the time and care invested in these “nests”. They are clearly more than sidebars. They have eggs in them.
If we don’t intent to hatch them, then we need to make it apparent that what we are doing from the beginning is intrinsic only. I think that these sidebars represent great sources of agency and profound nudges toward the adjacent possible that Stuart Kauffman suggests is at the heart of innovation and evolution.
P.S. This post represents another repurposing, a thinking out loud that might drive traffic and interest back to the original post which leads to more annotations and further re-purposings. Amen.