“…has each one of us signed with the blood of his human nature a compact with some such spiritual power, with the demonic element within him, with that spirit of negation, of cynicism, of cold unideal utilitarian worldly-wisdom which mocks at faith and love and every high and tender impulse…?” – H.B. Cotterill In our consideration as to whether the floodgates of informational resources owned by universities should be made available to the public, we would do well to take a moment to reflect on a few things we know to be certain regarding the policies, practices and precedence held by these corporate entities/institutions ofRead More →

What happens when we corporatize knowledge? I picture a dystopia where all the fat cats at the top hold all of the wealth of knowledge discovered by scientists and researchers, while all of the folks at the bottom scramble and claw to find information about the world they live in. Oh wait, we’re already living this! Capitalism has created an environment where it is okay to harbor ideas in order to gain a profit, and eventually the gap between the informed and misinformed is going to grow so exponentially wide that it will be impossible to fill. The information being sold by publishing companies (ofRead More →

In Men in Black, Tommy Lee Jones’ character makes a comment that is dishearteningly, universally true: “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it.” This is at the core of mob mentality and why idealistic social structures like socialism and anarchy—the lack of government kind—are impractical. With that in mind, the conversation around free and open access (OA) to academic literature via the internet smacks of the same kind of starry-eyed arguments that happen to leave out the more pragmatic and logistical concerns that come with OA implementation. This isn’t to say that I’m opposed to making academic andRead More →

When I finished reading “Science’s Pirate Queen” my one thought was. I think the reason why giant publications are so threatened by “Sci Hub” is not the fact that they are stealing, but the fact that they showed paid publication that they have nothing to offer. Let me explain right now I could theoretically download any movie I wanted through piracy, but I still rather use Netflix, and it is not because I could get caught stealing, but because Netflix aside from the content, it also has something else to offer, commodity. To download something for free I will have to install a VPN, lookRead More →

Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s “Working in Public”  lays out my dream world! All I have ever wanted is to merge the academic world with the every day one, because they are not as separate from each other as we tend to think, and in fact both would flourish even more if there were more spaces for them to listen, learn and grow from one another. This article resonated with me a great deal because I am the only one to have entered the world of higher education in my family, and only a few of my friends go or have gone to community college and experienced beingRead More →

I enjoyed Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s, Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good and find it interesting how her text was utilized in several ways, the first of which being the platform through which she introduced the community of Western scholars and their civilian counterparts to the potential benefits to be had should the universities embrace the ideology of open access platforms, and open their vaults of research, unknown gems and innovative ideas that we might find. The thought of all of the effort and endless hours of mind power students and professors have put into their work only for it to be locked away in some archive,Read More →

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 bothRead More →

After reading Working in Public I’ve decided I’m now incredibly interested in the concept of open access scholarship, and what it can do for not only institutions that don’t have the means to access a wealth of databases like the University of California system does, but also for the education of the general public. (I’m currently questioning if my increasing enthusiasm for each subject we look into is a reflection on my “sheep”ness or Erin’s ability to find interesting topics I just so happen to really like.) To my understanding, academics, and particularly higher education, was built on elitism, specifically in class and race. It isRead More →

While both of the readings were interesting I gravitated most towards the manifesto because it offered ideas on how to fix or move forward as oppose of the pedagogy which only highlighted the problem. The manifesto also echoed some of my same beliefs, like universities needing to be open to the general public since they are supposed to be the centers of knowledge. Even students attending the university are presented with an expected gratitude that academic journals are free for the students, but in 2018 free information is to be expected. In this day and age information is not a luxury, but an expected commodity.Read More →

After reading “The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0” and “Pedagogy and the Logic of Platforms” i can admit to being filled with excitement by the possibilities a collaboration between the humanities and technology presents, and filled with dread, anger, and a healthy amount of loathing for the parasitic pervasiveness of capitalism to get me to finally read Das Kapital and/or The Communist Manifesto. @Capitalism: Look what you made me do. My current interests/questions/fears include… How do we fight against the internet as a medium for information capitalism? Can it be restructured or does it have to be destroyed and rebuilt? Perhaps, as Chris Gilliard says, the internet isn’tRead More →