Planned Obsolescence

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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 »

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Where Am I Going, Where Have I Been

So I’ve managed to survive all of the bullet points on my insane itinerary ... read more »

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Five Years Post-Tribble

My “five years ago today” feature reminds me that the aforementioned time has spanned since the uproar over Ivan Tribble’s infamous screed hit the Chron (now available at a new URL). There are certainly many more academic bloggers than there were in 2005, and there are even some whose blogs are taken seriously as the key venues in which they’re publishing their work. But I’m curious about the degree to which attitudes about blogs have changed — both whether they have, and why. ... read more »

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On the Road (Again) (and Again)

It’s been an eventful couple of months. A travelful couple of months, even. ... read more »

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Phi Beta Kappa address, “Keep in Touch”

As the 2009-10 president of Pomona College’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, I was supposed t ... read more »

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What a Press Can Add in the Age of DIY Publishing

What follows is a rough transcript of the talk I gave this past weekend at the annual meetin ... read more »

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Open Access Publishing and Scholarly Values (part three)

There’s a fascinating exchange around open access publishing and the reasons scholars might resist it developing right now, beginning with Dan Cohen’s post, Open Access Publishing and Scholarly Values, which he wrote for the Hacking the Academy volume, a crowd-sourced book he and Tom Scheinfeldt are editing (to be published by the University of Michigan Press’s Digital Culture Books). Dan argues for the ethical — as well as the practical — imperative for contemporary scholars to publish their work in openly distributed forms and venues. ... read more »

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A Little (Self-)Promotion

As I’ve mentioned around here a few times, I’ve been in the midst of a review this spring, and now that the results are official, I can finally say out loud and in ... read more »

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Time Will Tell, But Epistemology Won’t: The Richard Rorty Archive

My friend Liz Losh has let me ... read more »