Department of Rhetoric & Writing
Department of Rhetoric & Writing

David Parry

"Burn the Boats/Books."

Tue, April 20, 2010 | Main 212

4:00 PM

At 500 billion gigabytes, if one were to print out the world's digital information and bind it in books, the resulting stack would reach from here to Pluto, 10 times. Institutions which are structured on analog-based technologies no longer can ignore the changed media landscape. Beyond scale and scope, the digital network substantially re-orders the archivization and dissemination of knowledge. While many Universities and scholars have begun to alter their practices, attempting to adapt to this re-ordering, more radical restructuring will be required. In order to remain relevant and engaged, academia will have to substantially rethink not only its goals but its means as well. Academia will perhaps even have to give up on many of its fundamental practices and ideologies—the book, tenure—which inform its existence.

Sponsored by: Digital Writing and Research Lab

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