Saturday, September 1, 2012

Reading Room: Omnivore's Choice

…sans explanatory or exculpatory head note of substance, a bit dated  (the last one was more recent). Trying to get back on daily post regimen (bless you Bill and Alan), resorting to working my way through hitherto neglected drafts. Joe latest COCAL Updates were on the schedule for today, but they take rather a bit of reformatting and link checking and I passed my coherence timeline before getting to them. Tomorrow maybe. Also simmering: a piece on injustices and not forgetting them when they drop below the fold or off the monitor. Looking after and calling attention to individual injustices matters as much if not more than surveys, participating in studies, conferences and strategic alliances. Save a life and save the world. 

From THES, Alan Ryan on the faith in education that inspired “Great Books” collections. From Slate, which pop culture property do academics study the most? Bound for glory: A look at academic terms misused and overused in popular vernacular. From TLS, a review of Debates in the Digital Humanities
From The Chronicle, why bother writing book reviews? You might wonder why journals start, how they start and how they get established, especially when so many journals exist. There are no simple fixes, but here are two basic approaches to managing the overload of "must read" publications. Academics are revolting: Catherine Moffat on the open access frontier

Can you ever really retract a paper? Once a study leaves journal-land for the wider world, there’s really no erasing it — a nifty finding takes on a life of its own, even if it’s flawed or fraudulent. Students are taking advantage of a Huffington Post project that allows them to publish summary of their research (800-1,000 words) on the online news site. In the Facebook era, students tell you everything.

Academics study the most at the Book Forum blog, Omnivore


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