Planned Obsolescence

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The New Everyday: Notes, Lists, and Everyday Inscriptions

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Talk at the Hemispheric Institute

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To Read: How Not to Run a University Press

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Past and Future

For the next few days, my “Five Years Ago” block at right will be filled with post-Katrina posts. ... read more »

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MediaCommons, Open Review, and the New York Times

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This Year

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Justice

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Anthologize

I’m way more pressed for time than I’d like right now, finishing up a bajillion details involved in moving myself and a subset of my stuff across the ... read more »

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MediaCommons, Shakespeare Quarterly, and Open Review

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Fair Use

The Library of Congress has just this morning issued its statement of exemptions to the portions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that forbid the circumvention of DRM and other technological measures intended to prevent access to or copying of digital materials. These exemptions are issued every three years; last time out, the exemptions allowed film and media studies professors to crack the content scrambling system (a.k.a. CSS) on DVDs in order to rip short clips to make compilations for classroom use. This seemed at the time like an awfully restricted exemption — literally only film and media studies profs (no profs in other fields, and no students), literally only in order to create compilations of clips for use in the classroom (not for use in critical writing) — but it struck me then that the statement might be the thin end of the wedge. ... read more »