Marginalia in the Digital Age

May 6, 2019

With the advent of e-books and digital reading, does marginalia still exist? Over at Real Life, Alexandra Molotkow looks at how marginalia has evolved within social media. “[In 2011], Twitter was still sometimes referred to as ‘micro-blogging,’ blogs themselves having descended from private journals,” writes Molotkow. “In the years since, marginalia has come to seem like a much more appropriate analogue, and Twitter something like an evolutionary step for annotation itself: a dedicated venue for readers responding to text and to each other’s responses, so intricately that the text becomes secondary, valued primarily for what can be said about it.”

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is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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