Category: Dialogue

Reflecting on Chapter 1 of The Age of Sharing, by Nicholas John

Last month, Culture Digitally shared an excerpt from The Age of Sharing, the new book from Nicholas John. Below, several CD contributors reflect on the aims of the book, and its resonance with related concerns. Nik offers a brief response at the end. The book is now available in the U.S. as well as around the […]

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Can Software be “free”? – Taking the case of Qabel as an opportunity to discuss liberty and software freedom.

Recently Matthias Kirschner, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), has renewed his critique of talking about open source software or open licenses in relation to the encryption software called Qabel. He emphasizes that its Qabel Public License (QaPL) is “neither approved by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) as a Free Software license nor […]

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Dialogue: reflecting on Chapter 1 of Josh Braun’s, This Program is Brought To You By…

This month, Yale University Press publishes a new book, This Program is Brought to You By… : Distributing Television News Online, by Josh Braun, a co-founder and regular contributor to Culture Digitally. Included in this post is a link to the introduction. In addition, we asked some Culture Digitally regulars to read it ahead of […]

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Running Towards Publication, Then Walking Away

When I was finishing my first book, John Durham Peters gave me some excellent advice. Paraphrasing Walter Benjamin, he said that texts are never finished. They are simply abandoned. It was exactly what I needed to hear at the moment, but it’s also something I’ve reflected on many times since then, especially as my work […]

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Media Scholarship and Digital Time

The recent Culture Digitally essay by Jeff Pooley on iterative article editions as a solution to the problem of digital speed has attracted a lot of attention, and rightly so. Unlike a lot of the nonsense peddled by gurus looking to disrupt higher education, Pooley’s piece speaks to a lived problem for many in the […]

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