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Re: <nettime> Evgeny Morozov and the Perils of "Highbrow Journalism"
gab fest on Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:24:56 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> Evgeny Morozov and the Perils of "Highbrow Journalism"


On 10/16/14 3:17 PM, t byfield wrote:
Again, Morozov should've done a better job of crediting Medina's work, and
everyone should have been more attentive to the gender aspects. But too
many critics have batted around quantitative-lite factoids -- how many
paragraphs, how many mentions, how many years they've been reading the _New
Yorker_, etc. This shows just how much of the kerfuffle boils down to
accounting (and rules-based accounting at that). It's no mystery why. Every
academic knows that citations are the coin of the land and the key to the
kingdom: renewal, promotion, tenure. So citations, apart from their bibliographic function, also have a social-economic function, like likes, or {AT} mentions, or excellent employment reviews.

Unlike the purloined letter, which fails to arrive at its intended destination, and continues in an arterial circulation, unread, the purloined idea, lacking citation, fails to regress infinitely towards its real origin, and its genealogy ends prematurely, interrupting its veinal return. And it is read.




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