Back once more. The basic formula still applies: The following recent links are collected here on the basis that I found them interesting, and if you’re reading Signifying Media, then so might you.
What is the Web?
- Is it a customer service medium, based on the question “Why wasn’t I consulted?” Paul Ford thinks so.
- Anil Dash, whose blog gave me the link above, also links back to some thoughts of his own on how much people love answering questions on the web, a similar driving force.
Textual control pretty much revolved around wikileaks/twitter this week:
- Wikileaks-related twitter accounts are sub-poenad, and twitter pretty much does the right thing
- A few days later, a pdf of the subpoena has appeared online via salon.com
- Christopher Soghoian provides some notable commentary
- German commentators point out that the same thing could easily happen in Germany: Thomas Stadler, Udo Vetter
- Meanwhile, in an interview with France’s 24-heures, Julian Assange insisted that pressures on wikileaks only re-enforce his resistance, but also pointed out massive financial losses — to the tune of almost half a million euros per week.
And Finally, On Academic Discipline:
- Stephen Ramsay’s Three-Minute Provocation on What Digital Humanities are: Who’s In and Who’s Out? He followed that up with a less provocative, but highly convincing longer argument for the specific definition of DHers as builders.
- Peter Schmidt at the Chronicle of Higher Education (paywall) reminds us of two surveys — one from 2009, the other quite recent — that seem to suggest that historians stand out among colleagues in the humanities for their reticence to adopt digital venues of publication as well as digital media in teaching and research.