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  1. Sep 2016
    1. The majority of academic writing, particularly in regards to journal articles, is of course produced as part of academic author’s position. For many it is expected that as part of the academic’s position within the university that they continuously publish, whether journals, collections, or monographs.

      And most of what actually comprises our work in the 21st Century, such as this kind of discussions, will never give us any "points" in the "game" of publishing, where only the final outcomes (that are still produced under a pre-digital, Gutenbergian paradigm) count for something. A system oriented to quantification and control over 19th century media. Please note I am not saying that I would prefer that my tweets counted toward my career, but indeed further highlighting the inconsistencies and absurdity of the current academic publishing policies (and market).

    2. Klaus Krippendorf’s conceptualization of “second-order cybernetics” (1996) helps push this notion of the cyborg-author one step further in this regard. Krixpendorf’s conceptualization of communication that “I and You as well as the particular relation between them evolve in processes of mutual adjustment,” (Ibid, 319) offers up an interesting framework when considering the interface of digital distribution and publishing. This relationship changes significantly with the introduction of new interface relations, disrupting previous relations of publisher and author.

      It is interesting, in comparing foucauldian and cybernetic conceptualisations of power (Wiener, 1948, and especially Von Foerster, 2002) to highlight similarities and differences. While both constructions are deeply relational, showing how power is not simply imposed but co-constructed, the cybernetic ideal is markedly (and maybe deceivingly) more optimistic, by focusing on the mutuality of this relationship. Maybe only a plurality of epistemologies and points of view can help us successfully navigate and resist the pervasivity of power.

  2. Jul 2016
    1. disruptive if it remains behind a paywall?

      I would be interested to hear more about issues of academic labor in relationship to OA in specific. One of the issues that we continue to encounter in forms of what we have called more 'radical' open access practices, in specific academic-led projects and experimental publishing endeavours, is that the amount of free labour increases significantly (and this is of course what publishers traditionally offer to researchers, they facilitate many of the publishing processes). So, where there has been a call to only give one's free academic labour to NFP or open access initiatives (and not to Elsevier or Academia.edu for example), although this might be a more ethical use of academic labour, this does not solve the underlying issue of 'un(der)paid labor' in academia as such. So does this mean we need to work towards more recognition for the types of free labor academics do (from reviewing to editing, to board memberships, to what have you?) and to have this included more directly in impact statements etc. Or does this just lead to a further instrumentalisation of academic job specifications? Is there a tension here too between narratives that see this kind of work as part of an academic 'gift economy' versus those that stress 'free and un(der)paid labour'?

    1. Are the artistic and scholarly spirits fundamentally at odds? Is artistic practice at odds with academic notions of research?

      They shouldn't be! After all, in a lot of ways, no matter what our purpose in creative practice -- whether for research or not -- it nonetheless is a form of research. We are experimenting with art, trying to be better, get better. It's always research in an implicit sense. What makes it explicitly research is when it is incorporated into a defined methodology that allows us to explore and respond to specific research questions, and to communicate how the practice helps us answer those questions. Ideally, it should be a symbiotic relationship.

      Also, who defines what is "good"? The academy? Research councils? Consumers? Prize committees?

    2. does it matter if the film that emerges from the research is no good?

      Depends on the research question, and whether or not it is applicable as research.

    3. If we consider writing as a process of thought ‘in action’ (i.e., ideas transcribed through language), then what’s the problem with screen practitioners having to produce a statement of research? Is writing the problem; or is the problem actually a lack of research?

      I think this is a key element in practice-based research in media in general - if we look at the creative practice as analogous to data (in the sciences, for example), then we still have to make the contribution to knowledge explicit through a statement of research and/or exegesis. The sciences don't just throw raw data at each other and ask one another to figure out what its contribution is - that's what papers and reports are for. I can tell you a lot of them don't like writing it up either! But at its core, isn't that what research is -- collecting data, analyzing it, and communicating it explicitly to others in the field (and even outside the field)?