- Such DFW. Very Orwell. So Doge. Wow. – An interesting look at SWE on the digital cusp. – (DH language languagechange )
- New Liberal Arts // Snarkmarket & Revelator Press – Collection of short pieces – call them discussion starters – on redefining the lib arts as digital. PDF, and the html is here: http://snarkmarket.com/nla/new-liberal-arts.html – (book culture DH libed libarts2.0 )
- Works Cited: Humanities scholarship is incredibly relevant, and that makes people sad. – Interesting defense of more or less traditional humanities study in part by bringing in a mindset from trendy DH. The argument suggests that DH might be a way of dragging/sneaking humanities values (which – let's face it – challenge the capitalistic credo) back into the classroom. – (humanities DH )
- Fear and Loathing of the English Passive – Hey, FYC faculty. Get a read on. It ain't gramma you wanna call into play, it's rhetoric. What we see here is that, like many critiques of style (ponderous, heavy, lively! active! wonderful!) the critique of The Passive is a critique of rhetorical choices, not grammatical ones. Your move. – (linguistics Linguistic_change )
- The Paratext’s the Thing – The Chronicle Review – Don't you just hate it when new media wonks appropriate a perfectly useful critical term like paratext and bend it to their liking? Remember when the term deconstruction really meant something more than *traditional analysis*? Don't you just love it when the Chronny Review at least lets you know that your critical hobbyhorse is now the latest trending? Paratexts in media and money. – (paratext newmedia )
- Ten Tips for Tweeting at Conferences – Etiquette, again. – (twitter erhetoric backchannel )
- Can Pearson Solve the Rubric’s Cube? |e-Literate – Quick! add efficacy to the mission statement. "So we have plenty of reason to believe that Pearson is quite serious about becoming a company whose mission is to deliver educational efficacy, whatever that may mean to them. But that leads us to several more questions. First, does Pearson’s notion of efficacy truly align with the academic community’s ideas of what a good education is supposed to accomplish? And second, will Pearson be successful as a company if they deliver “efficacious” educational products?" – (efficacy publishing pearson )
- Borges, Foucault, and Perec on Lists – – (notetaking literature DH )
- Afraid someone will steal your idea? – "No genius. No mystique. Only work. Don't buy into the genius mystique. It is a mirage. Maybe there are geniuses out there, but you can't go assuming that you're one. That's like living as if you're going to win the lottery on a regular basis. No, the value comes from the work and no one's going to do more of it than you." – (open_source openaccess IP authorship )
- Language Log » School grammar, round two – Continuing loving it to death, our hero turns to implementation. English Depts are driven too much by literature and suffer from a lack of training in analytical methods so we might place the study of grammar elsewhere: "But at least in the U.S., my suggestion would be to turn away from English departments, and pursue a plan based on an alliance of linguists with people in computer science, psychology, statistics, medicine, law, sociology, business, etc., who increasingly see linguistic analysis (e.g. in the form of "text mining" or "text analytics") as an interesting object of study in itself, and as a means to enable research on other (applied or fundamental) topics. This alliance — which eventually might even include some people from Digital Humanities — is a plausible basis for college-level courses in "grammar" as practical text analysis." With this, we need a change in marketing The English Major, away from Book Club and towards theory in practice (aka analytic methods, study of text, NLP). It'll take a generation, – (DH linguistics grammar )
- 10 Web design trends you can expect to see in 2014 – Meh. Seem 'em all already. But useful as a list for discussion. – (wcw )
- The rise of the reader: journalism in the age of the open web | Katharine Viner – http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/09/the-rise-of-the-reader-katharine-viner-an-smith-lecture – (dh erhetoric wcw )
- Putting grammar back in grammar schools: A modest proposal – Loving the grammarians to death. Kiss kiss. – (grammar linguistics )
- Tesla vs. Target: Which CEO wrote the better transparency letter? – – (rhetoric fyc )
- Blogging is the new resume: Why less is not always more – Wishful thinking. – (blog blogging corporateblogging #en3177 )
- Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina. Or Encomium of Thrun. – An interesting defense of Udacious Thrun in the face of what has been more clever than critical critique. Interesting because the defense is itself more sympathetic than critical. Epideictic meets Epideictic. If I were a pedant, I'd be reminded of Gorgious. If I were a raving capitalist, I'd be sympathetic. – (rhetoric epidectic )
Curating is making a list, but lists are significant.
The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order – not always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists, through catalogs, through collections in museums and through encyclopedias and dictionaries. Eco on lists
I’m not talking about The Ten Best kind of lists, or their detractors. Or maybe I am, but I’m not emphasizing those occasional-lists here. Those lists that are aimed at narrowing, at reducing what is complex to a commodity chunk. I’m talking about the curated list, the list we make not to reduce to a finite and clever number but the list that we make to articulate the complexity. The list, the categorized list, organizes complexity without reducing it. Eco again:
Lovers are in the same position. They experience a deficiency of language, a lack of words to express their feelings. But do lovers ever stop trying to do so? They create lists: Your eyes are so beautiful, and so is your mouth, and your collarbone … One could go into great detail.
But listing is not just infinite expression and love. The culture part is indexing: how the list can be an index to the location of a tiny element of the thing.
Culture isn’t knowing when Napoleon died. Culture means knowing how I can find out in two minutes. Of course, nowadays I can find this kind of information on the Internet in no time. But, as I said, you never know with the Internet.
And while Google is The Master at aggregating the elements, it’s we Turks who gather and arrange and name the items to be indexed. That’s what makes even Google (even Google?) problematic. That’s where curation comes in. To feed Google so others can find out in two minutes.
Think of the list as a method of content curation, and as an index, or fetish.
Character and lists
Practice. Draw up a list of 40 items that characterize a friend or place.
- Collaborative Peer Review: Gathering the Academy’s Orphans | Literacies | HYBRID PEDAGOGY – Solid intro to publishing and pedagogy in the digital humanities. – (dh digital_pedagogy pedagogy digitalpublishing publishing peerreview )
- Multitasking while studying: Divided attention and technological gadgets impair learning and memory. – Pop level article on what the title says. – (DH tyc distraction multitasking )