Friday, 22 November 2013

week 10 follow-up

This morning's wake-up music was the song "Tamacun" by the amazing Mexican guitar duo Roderigo y Gabriela. A little closer to actual salsa, and hopefully the kind of energetic music that gets us through the last weeks of term. Like a lot of good information research projects, they combine different elements (Mexican guitar/Cuban music/Metallica) into something greater than the sum of its parts. Hard to know which shelf to look for them in a record store, but good music like good research is sometimes difficult to categorize (as Luker points out repeatedly). Something to remember if you're feeling like your research proposal doesn't fit into a single definitive niche.

This week's slides are posted in the usual place on BB, and can be found here:

Michael Tyworth's blog post from which I quoted in a couple of slides may be found here: (He links to a clip from Good Will Hunting that's worth a chuckle as well, as Matt Damon delivers a withering on-the-spot peer review in one of cinema's more unconventional bar fights.) We spent a fair amount of time considering Kathleen Fitzpatrick's chapter from Planned Obsolescence, but I also recommended checking out some other publications from MediaCommons Press, including a guide for donors, dealers, and archival repositories on the handling of digital materials: Finally, I touched briefly upon the peer-review of unconventional forms of publication, including source code and digital prototypes. An example of a journal that applies peer-review principles to these kinds of digital artifacts, alongside conventional publications, is Digital Humanities Quarterly. See their submission guidelines here, and a published example in their latest issue (scroll down to the entry by Montfort and Strickland; incidentally, students in my Future of the Book course can do some advance reading by checking out Whitney Trettien's article in the same issue).

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