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ERIC Number: EJ1064724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
Rise of the Digitized Public Intellectual: Death of the Professor in the Network Neutral Internet Age
Lange, Joshua
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v46 n2 p95-112 May 2015
The centralised discourse claiming ownership of "knowledge" and "higher education" seems to be declining as the decentralising discourse extolling open source software and informal social network communication are emerging: yet the two are complementary when higher education is seen as a commodity. Thus, in the internet age of the twenty first century there is no consistent narrative to identify what a "higher education" consists of. J. F. Lyotard famously predicted in "The Post Modern Condition" that the commercialised computer age would "sound the knell" of the professor. Lyotard understood that in order to begin to philosophise about higher education in an era of computerisation, the gatekeeper of knowledge role traditionally attributed to professors through a university title must first be rendered illegitimate. Lyotard did not envision, however, what a higher education might look like within the network neutral internet space, where the difference between "higher" and "public" education can be reduced through open accessibility to, and shared construction of, knowledge. Embracing a Socratic model of public discourse that openly challenges an epistemology of consensus, network neutrality has the potential to redefine the role of professors as fiduciaries of education across society, even globally. The resulting academic equality between professors and the public recreates the university as a boundless meeting space for public dialogue, and the professor as a digitized public intellectual.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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