Why “Going Dark is Important”

The protests and web-page black-outs surrounding the proposed SOPA/PIPA¬†legislation are a salient reminder of ultimate origins and necessary stewardship responsibility of the World Wide Web: us. As Cathy Davidson notes on her HASTAC blog, digital humanities (and informatics scholarship) present unique opportunities for diverse knowledge types and individual skills to play a collective role in learning about, (re-)imagining and also, critically evaluating our world. With this comes added responsibilities of honesty and integrity, and these are responsibilities we all ¬†must shoulder, that we must honor and participate in enforcing ourselves,. This should not be left to, nor controlled by, ¬†external, privatized, special-interest groups or entities. The only alternative, it seems, is…censorship.

Kelly Awarded HASTAC Fellowship

English graduate student, Consuella Kelly, has been awarded a fellowship by the SIUe Graduate School to participate in the online scholars consortium, Humanities Arts Sciences Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC). Consuella, who has been a member of Dr. DeSpain’s The Wide Wide World Digital Edition project team for the last two years, will be organizing forums pertaining to the digital humanities and blogging about digital humanities tools and resources.