In other words, the new medium of Markdown’s particular writing style is supplemented by a screen showing the text as we are used to viewing it. This can be inherently limiting to the writing process. As I add in rules to make words bold, for example, my immediate reaction is to check how my text looks in this preview window. Thus, despite being actively engaged in Markdown, I continuously come back to, and make sense of it as a new medium, through the lens of the familiar.
While this is clearly not always the case when writing in Markdown, as it is a result of my chosen application, my experience is thus shaped directly as a result. There is a lot of merit to McLuhen’s argument that can be found here; the words we read, the movies we watch, the activities we partake in - all are inherently affected in profound ways by the medium through which we experience them. For McLuhen, then, the words being bolded, or italicized, or marked as ` #header ` are less important than the act of actively marking those distinctions within the text by hand. In doing so, we have the opportunity to actively engage with our work in new ways, regardless of the exact words we are writing.
For me, writing in Markdown has been an interesting, but fun, challenge. I expect that as our Fieldbook assignment continues, I will develop a deeper engagement with the left, rather than right, side of my MacDown screen as I continue to harness my understanding and ability within this new medium.