Who will mourn?

Who will mourn?

Imagine sitting at your dinner table with your family, you are talking about paying your bills which has been the one constant subject in my life, and then the phrase “I read a very interesting piece the other day from the university of California” gets said. While this sort of conversation can theoretically happen in one family imagine all UCSD families saying this simple phrase, but how could they, the information is closed off to the student who goes to the academy as if an eighteen year old with no work experience is more deserving than a forty year old farmer, and even if both of those people wanted to, who has the time and energy to read a paper named “The database for advances in information systems : a quarterly publication of SIGBIT” Accessibility not only means the literal access of information, but the accessibility of the language. While the scholarly article above does not sound at all interesting “The database for advances in information systems, and how does that affect you” sounds much more inviting. Off course not everything has to be written in prosaic english, but something that the article “Working in Public” by Kathleen Fitzpatrick mentions is one way to be able tear down the walls of inaccessibility “would be for scholars to do more writing designed for public audiences” (20) This exclusivity is not only a detriment to the reader, but to the writer and publisher. Information has been so alinatiating to the people not attending the university that we are now having a tough time convincing the public why we are important “It is to say that only through dialogue that moves outside our own discourse communities will we have any chance of convincing the broader public, including our governments, of the relevance of our work” (19) If people do not see us, or feel us what is the difference if we do not exist, sure the scholarly journals will stop being produced, but will the public at large mourn the death of each journal? I do not think so.

 

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