Within this "work in progress," the authors explore ways in which the web can be used to extend communities of academics and activists. We reject the claim that this medium recreates dominant power relationships; we argue that the web can alter how research is processed, shared, and defined.
Designed as a "conversation starter," we propose several "talking points" that include:
(1) a discussion of Internet 2 and its potential to shift the relationship between scholarly and popular discourse.
(2) a rejection of "Trickle down scholarship" -- the assumption that scholarly work will eventually filter into the mainstream.
(3) a proposal for ways in which the web will challenge traditional citation formats.
We hope to provoke an exciting and insightful debate about the role of the World Wide Web within the larger mission of Rogue Scholarship -- a debate that subverts even our attempts to shape the discussion.
Below is a more complete and technical abstract.
Within this "work in progress," the authors explore the implications wrought by the world wide web on the process through which academics might extend their scholarship beyond the university realm. Rather than argue that the WWW provides merely another venue through which contemporary power relationships are played out, we propose that this medium contains the potential to alter fundamentally the ways through which research is processed, shared, and defined.
Designed as a "conversation starter," we propose four "talking points" in our presentation: (1) The development of Internet 2 might create a medium through which walls that separate scholarly and popular discourse are defined, but shifted. (2) We must stop hiding behind "trickle down scholarship" that assumes that our conclusions will eventually filter into the mainstream; the web offers a chance to increase the depth of subject/co-researcher interaction. (3) Credible scholarship in some key areas will increasingly demand the citation of sources that exist as electronic rather than print materials. (4) One distinct advantage that on-line scholarship possess is its subversion of dominant power relations. When it comes to enacting the discourse of multivocularity, traditional print journals talk the talk, but hypertext publications walk the walk.
While our presentation will likely employ a linear narrative during the initial exploration of themes and arguments, we hope to provoke an exciting and insightful debate about the role of the WWW within the larger mission of Rogue Scholarship -- a debate that subverts even our attempts to shape the discussion.