What We’re Reading: June 3, 2010 Edition
Is it time for a change? Tom Scheinfeldt thinks so, when it comes to c.v.’s and digital achievements, while Dan Cohen sees room for change in publishing and scholarly values. Read also about digital analysis of text by computers, the effects of photography on culture, and history as theater in Washington, D.C. Then, learn of a new publication from Temple University Press. Finally, for fun, take a look back at an article from the 1982 issue of The Atlantic, and remember computers of yesteryear. And check out a collection of gadgets (dating back to the 20’s) that just didn’t make the grade.
- New Wine in Old Skins: Why the CV needs hacking
Over at Found History, Tom Scheinfeldt critiques the traditional categories of the academic c.v. for "marketing our digital achievements using a format designed to highlight analog achievements."
- Open Access Publishing and Scholarly Values
Scheinfeldt’s (see link above) colleague at the Center for History and New Media, Dan Cohen, challenges scholars to open up their work to a wider audience, and get past the narcissism of narrow academic careerism.
- The Humanities Go Google
The application of large scale textual analysis by machines supplies new fuel for the ancient debate between humanists and social scientists.
- click! Photography Changes Everything
A new site from the Smithsonian explores photography’s effects on where we go, who we are, what we remember, what we want, what we do, and what we see.
- Re-enactors turn history into theater across D.C. area
Actors help bring alive historic hotspots and stories in Washington, D.C. from Elizabeth Keckly, Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker, to Martha Washington at Mount Vernon. Explore the Washington Post photo gallery of these re-enactments.
- Essays on Twentieth-Century History
Recently released from Temple University Press, this collection of essays explores twentieth-century history. Edited by Michael Adas.
- Living With a Computer
From a 1982 issue of The Atlantic, writer James Fallows reports on the wonders of his first $4,000, Optek computer.
- Archive Gallery: 138 Years of Quirky Inventions from the Pages of PopSci
Popular Science takes a look at quirky gadgets, from the 1920’s kissing screen (since “kisses are unhygienic”) to the 1973 bike sail.
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend
This post first appeared on AHA Today.
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