its not about digital publication - its about hierarchies of theory-practice?

Kathleen writes in her In-Theory blog post...
So, the perennial question: how do we bridge the theory-practice divide? How do we translate the recognition of a need for change into actual change? How do we get those open-minded senior professors to make clear to their departments and their administrations that such changes are positive, that the quality of scholarship can in fact improve if institutions are open to innovation? And, most importantly perhaps, how do we get those institutions to convey to junior faculty — and to stand by those assurances — that new modes of publishing are not just valid, but valued?
Change that to non-academically validated modes of dissemination and we are talking about an age old issue of who controls what counts and what sorts of work counts as "Academic". With AACU and other organizations highlighting issues of "community engagement" these past several years - similar debates around theory-practice and academic dissemination and peer review are happening in relation to service learning and community outreach based scholarship. The dilemma here is often the tension between academic audience and accountability to the community we work within and for when we engage in community partnerships. Therefore one of the issues is - when does public community based dissemination in the form of a mural or facilitation of podcasting for and within the community through organizing the production of oral histories and so on, for instance, count as a collaborative academically validated form of publishing? These are never likely to be "single-authored" or "co-authored" productions even in the sense that individually produced podcasts are - so the dilemmas and tensions are even more complex since the academic under review needs to demonstrate how and where their effort was (in addition to proving that what they were doing was "scholarly" and not "mere" community outreach or "service").... So there are various issues at hand - not just the issue of digital technologies. But these issues are highlighted in a certain way at the digital interface. r