DMAC a few weeks ago, I learned that her husband is an antiques dealer and she too used to work in antiques. I am assuming her academic connections to the Wunderkammer drew at least in part out of this work, and it makes even more sense to me now why I have been so drawn to the analogy. I live in a house from 1883 filled with many antiques in historic downtown Fredericksburg. Mr. Delagrange even knew Fredericksburg's Caroline Street because it is so full of antique shops.
process over product and inquiry and discovery over proof (19). She says we should not be afraid of some secret power of visuals but instead embrace and use their meaning (28) like people used to do as they explored new parts of the world, new scientific studies, and new animals (44). She speaks then directly to an arrangement assumption in academia that I have struggled with for many years and am actually considering pursuing in my dissertation: the strictures of academic writing that demand certain arrangement ultimately for the purpose of believing this arrangement to become transparent. "I would argue that we have favored the organizational over the inventional and the abstract over the material in recent practice, even as our scholarly performances have shifted from analog to digital forms ... Furthermore, arrangement is not often put to use in a robust way as a method of discovery or inquiry in college writing texts or in scholarly articles" (107-108). Delagrange is asking the question: can arrangement become a tool for helping us make digital media into "hypermediated thinking space[s] that would allow us and our reader to explore, to move things about, to seek out curious and unexpected connections, and to defer closure and certainty while we consider the possibilities for rhetorical action that different arrangements of our evidence might suggest" (108). I think the answer to this is YES, and I am inspired by Delagrange to try to apply this rhetorical concept of arrangement to my Wordpress site I am creating as the practical side of my independent study. I am now thinking through this very specific recommendation she has for digital arrangement: "add cognitive weight to the link" (137). What do you think this means for rethinking hyperlinks?
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Curious Expeditions. Cabinet of Rosaries. 2007. Photograph. Dommuseum, Salzburg, Austria. Flickr. 22 Oct. 2007. Web. 23 June 2012.