Research and the Internet

May 25, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I like the ambiguity of this cartoon. I think it sums up the dilemma we are trying to grapple with (I love the visual reductionism of the opposed images, and the stark juxtaposition of the two.)

Source: http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v377/93/29/4202638/n4202638_31460904_2993.jpg

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‘The Unintended Value of the Humanities’

May 25, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

An article by Stephen J. Mexal, “The Unintended Value of the Humanities” from The Chronicle Review touches upon one of the issues that Working Group proposes to discuss: What is the social value of humanities research? Mexal sees the value of humanities scholarship only manifesting itself in the long term through a series of mediations that usually end up being far removed from the scholarship itself, being filtered through university-educated people who go on to use that education in what are traditionally regarded as socially valuable ways.

But Mexal doesn’t talk about how making humanities research publically-accessible online might generate different unintended value. What kind of impact might humanities research presented to a variegated online audience have? Are there examples of this impact?

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