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ERIC Number: EJ906569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Everything Is Connected
McLeod, Kembrew
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v96 n4 p421-426 Nov 2010
In this article, the author shares his experience and insights gained from his experience that he continued to carry in his role as a teacher, researcher, and cultural producer. In his own work, the author seeks to blur the distinction between scholarship, everyday life, and the arts. Working alone and with other people, he has written books, published articles, and--in an attempt to translate his scholarship for a wider audience--he also makes educational documentaries. By turning a chapter from his book into a documentary, the author tells the same tale, but in an audiovisual medium. He points out that his interest in copyright and free speech is the primary reason he publishes his academic work under a Creative Commons license and other forms of open access publishing. He contends that one of the stupidest ways scholars can limit their engagement with the public is to block it behind a password-protected firewall. There are also very practical, self-interested reasons why scholars should fight for openness. By all accounts, scholarly work published through an open access model has a far greater impact--in terms of citations--than those that don't. Returning to the idea of using different modes of expression, the author's multifaceted sampling project is an example of this approach. In concluding, the author discusses pranks--which are among the more idiosyncratic ways he tries to intervene in the world outside the academy. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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