MediaCommons and its constituent projects (In Media Res, The New Everyday, #Alt-Academy, and MediaCommons Press) have decided to join Wikipedia and other major internet publishers in a 24-hour blackout, to begin at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18, in protest against legislation currently before Congress that we believe would cause grave harm to free and open communication online, and particularly to critical media studies projects such as ours.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was recently shelved by the U.S. House of Representatives, but the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) is still active in the U.S. Senate. Both pieces of legislation pose a threat to the ability of networks like MediaCommons to explore new modes of media reuse and remix in scholarly communication. (The Electronic Frontier Foundation has an excellent summary of SOPA/PIPA’s potential effects on free speech and innovation.)
We hope that you will join us in making the voices of scholars heard: contact your elected representatives, join the protest, and spread the word.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, for the MediaCommons editorial board:
Alisa Perren ... read more »
At some point on New Year’s Eve, round about the moment that Patti Smith was adapting The Who to “Occupy My Generation,” I got an idea. I would undertake a durational writing project that would reflect and engage with Occupy every day in 2012. The New Everyday becomes what’s new every day. So I have a new blog called Occupy 2012. It’s a way of saying among other things: ... read more »
MediaCommons is thrilled to announce the release of #Alt-Academy, an open-access collection of essays, dialogues, and personal narratives on the subject of alternative academic careers for humanities scholars.
Initial contributors include Willard McCarty, Julia Flanders, Anne Whisnant, Rafael Alvarado, Julie Meloni, Lisa Spiro, Doug Reside, Tanya Clement, Hugh Cayless, Tom Scheinfeldt, Amanda Gailey, Dot Porter, Joe Gilbert, Wayne Graham, Eric Johnson, Dorothea Salo, Sheila Brennan, Jeremy Boggs, Sharon Leon, Brian Croxall, Arno Bosse, Miranda Swanson, Joanne Berens, Amanda Watson, Patricia Hswe, Amanda French, Christa Williford, Suzanne Fischer, Patrick Murray-John, Vika Zafrin, Shana Kimball, and James Cummings. Gardner Campbell and Tim Powell will provide invited commentary in the coming weeks, and the project’s general editor is Bethany Nowviskie. ... read more »
The report was posted in a MediaCommons edition (an AAUP first) and has provoked some lively response from librarians, university administrators, and university press staff. Some comments add new ideas or examples or expand on the complexity of the issues discussed.
by Richard Edwards — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
March 16, 2011 – 06:39
This is a response to questions posed to me via Twitter by Shana Kimball, Head of Publishing Services, Outreach and Strategic Development at MPublishing, University of Michigan Library (http://lib.umich.edu/spo) She asked me in a tweet: “Curious about what you think authors should take notice of in the AAUP report? How should it change their publishing habits?” My immediate reaction was: great questions. ... read more »
MediaCommons is very happy to host an open discussion of the Association of American University Presses report, released on Monday, “Sustaining Scholarly Publishing: New Business Models for University Presses.” This report examines the experiments currently underway in university press publishing and makes several key recommendations for the success of future innovation. Central to these recommendations is a call for greater collaboration and communication in these publishing processes. ... read more »
The essays cover a range of interesting subjects: a film about a Northern Ireland prison adaptation of Macbeth; Othello in 1903 Japan; Merchant of Venice in post-war West Germany; prophecy as a trope for performance; political theatre as staged by the RSC’s most recent stagings of the Histories; and a review of Ninagawa Yukio’s recent Doctor Faustus.