White Clover

Otherwise, a sprig of white clover copied by a succession of artists unfamiliar with real white clover can end up looking like asparagus.

This quote cropped up while reading (duh) a reading for Digital Media in Social Context which basically talked about:

  • how words are objects
  • we come from a history of where auditory forms were more significant in the past (text was formatted based less on visual aspects but on audible aspects, memorisation was usual, most forms of communicating information would be audible before writing)
  • how (handwritten) manuscripts can contain the same content yet each is still unique to itself
  • how books are objects that are duplicates of each other, yet at the start elaborate and intricate titles/covers would be made for them (visual effects with no meaning) and over time technical drawings were discontinued from them as the artists no longer/did not understand what they depicted

Ruben did not seem awfully impressed. Off to finish the latter half of the reading.

Reading: Ong, W. (1982) ‘Print, Space and Closure’ in his Orality and Literacy, London, Routledge, p. 117-138. Image from Wikipedia by Forest and Kim Starr.