“In 1971, CJR wrote of the promises of cable television: “One can bring to every home two-way, broad-band communications that can provide a whole galaxy of new services,” including “facsimile reproductions” of newspapers and magazines, and “access to information banks at libraries, medical centers, ect.” (Emphasis added.) Remember, this was before the Internet as it exists now was even a gleam in Al Gore’s eye. What we might call “content” today was still “information.”
-Language Corner, Merrill Perlman, Columbia Journalism Review, Nov/Dec 2011
“[C]ollectively the top two or maybe three publishers take out of the academic world enough profits to pay for every research article in every discipline to be made freely available online for everyone to access using PLoS’s publishing fee approach.”
It’s been a whirlwind few days, internetz. I travelled to Columbia for a DH field trip on Friday and returned to Northampton on Friday, hosted a wonderful overnight guest, and then prepared for the storm on Saturday morning. By Saturday night, we lost power that wasn’t restored until Monday. We still don’t have heat or hot water. Thanks to the generosity of friends, we’ve been able to shower and enjoy a hot meal.
Hampshire is still closed, so I am working at my favorite coffee hub in Northampton to work on my email backlog and assess my calendar for the next few days and juggle appointments.
I feel like a kid on an extended snow holiday, gleeful for free off days, but anxious about a lost routine. I am grateful to be safe and (mostly) warm.