Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Yesterday's InsiderHigherEd.com ran an article on assessing digital scholarship for purposes of tenure. While the article isn't directly relevant to my professional situation, it's an interesting discussion about the media assumptions and prejudices that inform very many aspects of scholarly discussion. In the 1970s and 80s similar discussions raged regarding the value of oral versus traditional historiography, and Christian origins research has likewise been heavily impacted (and is being heavily impacted) by media criticism. As a scholar who wrestles with evaluating how much time I spend online and the value of things like blogging, these are issues that directly impact both my research and teaching responsibilities. Others, too, seem to be wrestling with exactly this issue (for example, Mark [and here], Jim, and Stephen).