Today we begin an ongoing series called The Digital Margins. In the first part, I explore marginalia’s role in social media.
“Digital technology, rather than destroying the tradition of marginalia, could actually help us return it to its gloriously social 18th-century roots.” –Sam Anderson, “‘What I Really Want Is Someone Rolling Around In The Text’”; New York Times Magazine, March 4, 2011
In the latest New York Times Magazine, Sam Anderson articulates an idea that I have tried to put to paper for several months now. The idea has allowed me to give this blog some type of meaning, some purpose in the vast expanse of the Blogosphere, yet I have been unable to express it in its fullest terms. This article is my attempt to finally express what I see as the future, whether good or bad, of reading in the digital age. Riffing off of Anderson’s “riff” in the NYT Magazine, I want to begin a conversation about the role of what he terms “e-marginalia”: how can new technologies that have brought back a social aspect of reading change the way we read and interact with books? Do digital technologies provide more of a social reading experience, or do they hinder the type of immersive reading that, for centuries, we have honored and romanticized?
Read the full article: In the Margins of the Digital Age: Thoughts on Immersive Reading | Critical Margins.