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#digped Storify: On the Deformation of New Media Citation Practices
A raucous discussion about the changing shape of citation in the wake of digital scholarly practice.
Storified by Jesse Stommel · Mon, Nov 05 2012 23:19:34
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Notes towards a Deformed Humanities
," Mark Sample writes, "I want to propose a theory and practice of a Deformed Humanities. A humanities born of broken, twisted things. And what is broken and twisted is also beautiful, and a bearer of knowledge. The Deformed Humanities is an origami crane—a piece of paper contorted into an object of startling insight and beauty." Citation practices on the web have begun to contort and twist like the origami crane Sample describes here. For many, this leads to a certain despair, but I find myself reveling in a moment, a threshold, across which our scholarly practices now teeter. Citation is becoming less about name-dropping and positioning and more about generosity and collaboration.
" Notes towards a Deformed Humanities SAMPLE REALITYI've gone on record as saying that the digital humanities is not about building. It's about sharing. I stand by that declaration. But I'v...
The Four Noble Virtues of Digital Media Citation
," Pete and I write, "the work we do as hybrid and critical pedagogues, digital humanists, and alternative academic publishers depends on our sharing ideas as part of a much larger project or conversation." The questions we raise in this article recently served as the prompt for a #digped discussion of "
New Media Conventions and Digital Citation
The Four Noble Virtues of Digital Media Citation | Scholarship | HYBRID PEDAGOGYby Pete Rorabaugh and Jesse Stommel Follow @allistelling Follow @Jessifer In digital space, everything we do is networked. Real thinking ...
New Media Conventions and Digital Citation: a #digped Discussion | #digped | HYBRID PEDAGOGYby Pete Rorabaugh, Jesse Stommel, and Robin Wharton Follow @allistelling Follow @Jessifer Follow @rswharton This Friday, November 2 from ...
Today at about 1:00pm Eastern, I fully plan to say, "the bibliography is dead; long live the hyperlink": http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/Journal/files/new_media_digital_citation.php #digpedJesse Stommel
@Jessifer dude. in the world of hyperlinks, everything's an EVENT. you can't give away the PUNCH LINE. #digpedBonnie Stewart
#digped starting up now. First question: what has (or will) become of the traditional bibliography in the wake of new media?Hybrid Pedagogy
@HybridPed Traditional bibliography is becoming more and more vestigial. Not dead actually, just smaller and atrophied. #digpedJesse Stommel
@HybridPed Seems to me the new bibliography might look a little like the new CV? More a networked portfolio of references? #digpedSean Michael Morris
@slamteacher @readywriting Being able to connect texts literally & figuratively. Name-dropping becomes a sort of scholarly cuddle. #digpedJesse Stommel
I still see a role for the traditional bibliography. Annotated bibs are useful tools. #digpedRobin Wharton
I think that multi-modal composition challenges it insofar as parenthetical ref just doesn't "fit" - we link, rather than point. #digpedLee Skallerup
@readywriting Yes, linking not pointing. There is a real connection made by the hyperlink. Bibliographic citation feels alienated. #digpedJesse Stommel
@mrlindner @readywriting For me, the hyperlink puts the source more fully on the page -- embeds it, if you will. #digpedJesse Stommel
@Jessifer @readywriting I kind of agree with you, metaphorically. I still have to follow or not; just like any in print. Ease-of-use, def!Mark Lindner
The conversation turned toward the issue of the impermanence of sources on the web. To what extent can the hyperlink do the annotative work of a traditional bibliography. While many argued that the hyperlink is actually more functional than a static bibliographic entry, others emphasized the importance of embedding identifying information when we link so that the link still
even if its target goes offline.
Distinction rising in #digped between permanent and impermanent sources. How are the kinds of things we're sourcing / citing changing?Hybrid Pedagogy
I'm anxious about the persistence of references, whether digital or printed #digpedMartin Lugton
"As far as links dying, I figure nothing's forever, and that's fine" — joe grobelny http://disq.us/8bqh7k #digpedJesse Stommel
@Jessifer Okay. And why is that fine? And how is that fine? And what do we do about impermanent sources? #digpedSean Michael Morris
@slamteacher Lots of things in print that become unavailable for whatever reason. Just an acknowledging "fine," not a valuative one. #digpedJesse Stommel
@HybridPed Citation has always been a form of remixing/translation, so I don't see the problem. #digpedRoger Whitson
Should we be teaching link etiquette? Link style? Link ethics? #DigPedTeo Bishop
@TeoBishop And also teaching something more figurative about what linking is and what linking does. The link has a certain gravity. #digpedJesse Stommel
@TeoBishop @Jessifer I still don't see why we continue to make bibliographies when we have full-text search and Google. #seriously #digpedRoger Whitson
@rogerwhitson @TeoBishop @Jessifer The bibliography is a vestige? Or perhaps it can be modified to be more a curation? #digpedSean Michael Morris
@rogerwhitson @teobishop @jessifer Bibliographies are curated versions--drinkable portions--of the firehose flood of info on web. #digpedRobin Wharton
@rswharton So is a Google Search. The only diff being that one belongs to taxonomical forms organization and the other folksonomic. #digpedRoger Whitson
@rogerwhitson @bacigalupe The citation is more than a pointer to the source. It has ethical as well as archaeological functions. #digpedRobin Wharton
@rswharton @readywriting Agreed. But 88% of scholarly publishing is doing it wrong. Doing it too defensively and as a habit. #digpedJesse Stommel
@rswharton Dunno. What's the extra ethical content here besides pointing to the source? That's the ethical part for me. #digpedRoger Whitson
How exhaustive do we expect our Ss (and ourselves) to be? There is a lot coming out of the firehose, only 24hrs in a day. #digpedLee Skallerup
Bibliographies are static. Links are intended to propel people into motion. Links are text that moves. #DigPedTeo Bishop
@TeoBishop I think we need some static things because not everyone is working at the same speed. It's nice to have a list to explore #digpedAndrew McGregor
It seems like this entire discussion is posturing, unless we all start requiring only digital projects in our classes. #digpedTrent M Kays
@trentmkays i'd love to & have some leeway. but we are networked into old institutions/practices. it's an important conversation. #digpedBonnie Stewart
@bonstewart It's an important convo, I agree, but without action it barely exists. #digpedTrent M Kays
@trentmkays it made me think whether/how to push for alternative citation in my thesis. discussion creates possibility for action #digpedBonnie Stewart
@bonstewart @trentmkays Agreed, an important conversation to help us push at the boundaries of what is and is not possible. #digpedJesse Stommel
The issue of link-citations get messy when you start dealing with stuff thats not born digital. Lots of intellectual property issues #digpedAndrew McGregor
@admcgregor3 I think these conversations will push up against intellectual property, and change the way we think about that. #digpedSean Michael Morris
form, the last 15 minutes of the discussion turned toward practical application, specifically what and how we can communicate re: digital citation to our students and colleagues. The conversation circled back around to the idea of ethics -- that our thinking is about more than the practice but about how the web is reinventing our scholarly engagement. In "
The Four Noble Truths
" article, Pete and I argue that "digital curation is not just about assembling a random list of links and web objects; rather, the best curatorial practice is more overtly intertextual, bringing those links and web objects (and the people behind them) into meaningful conversation, making explicit and implicit connections between them."
Last question: What can we do (or do we already do) to take action on the ideas here about new modes of citation? #digpedHybrid Pedagogy
We should teach students to think critically about attribution and encourage them to radically reinvent citation practices. #digpedJesse Stommel
@HybridPed We let our work change adapt as it should and citation find its place (i.e., don't get so upset about single authorship). #digpedPete Rorabaugh
@Jessifer @hybridped We stop worrying about where the period goes and start thinking about why we are citing in the first place. #digpedRobin Wharton
Hybridity leaves no side of a binary intact. There is no traditional citation in hybrid scholarship. Only active play w/ traditions. #digpedJesse Stommel
Citation should not be like dogmatic or fundamentalist religion; should be useful, practical, and fluid like manners, etiquette. #digpedPete Rorabaugh
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