Remixing Agency and Adjacency

robin eggs in a nest

I had an interview with Remi Kalir Saturday morning about It is part of his research effort to look more deeply into as it is used in professional contexts. I mentioned to him the need to go further with what is generated in the margins that enables, to not abandon them, to use/re-use them. Below is an attempt to think out loud about what I mean.

Here is the original piece that was slated for annotation.

I took Kevin Hodgson’s (@dogtrax) reply here

and remixed it as scene from a play.

(Scene follows.)

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.


What I like is the “Burma Shave Sign” effect. What I like is how much media you can mix into this. This has an Edison flickers feel to it. Just turn the crank and view. Very hands on. What I like is how I can treat Twitter like a blog

What I don’t like is that I can figure out how to embed the whole thread at once from my Twitter home page. I don’t think they have that function. It would be so useful if they did. What I don’t like is how I have to put the hashtage in every tweet if you want it to stay together. Also, there is no numbering of the tweets.

I was able to move the tweets into a moment. That be twitterspeke for the twitterati. You can create collections of tweets on twitter called ‘moments’. So I put the tweets into a moment. Well, that sorta worked, but it takes you away from the blog to view. So…this is poor substitute for Storify. Compared to Storify, it sucks. Otherwise, give it a spin


Pumping Up the Text with Moves and Music

I wanted to read this text closely and interact some, too, because it is seems so slickly abstract, so smooth. Credos and manifestos should not be so cool.

This lacks heat:

Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing

This is a little warmer:

And this is warmest of all (with a little tweak of the nose on the last slide):

And this makes it interactive:

And here is a link where it can also be interactive.

I have been reading about an idea called “cognitive accessibility”. Alastair Somerville has been doing workshops on this and has a couple of fascinating articles here and here.

I am just floundering around here in the shallow seas of my understanding here, but I was hoping that my own efforts to “warm up” the text might be a way to make this very dry credo more accessible. I know it is very frail, but it is my own and I am trying. Maybe you would like to consider, too, making all your text a bit more cognitively accessible.