Christopher Kelty discusses the online popularity and exposure a group of “experimental philosphers” have had using “2.0” communication strategies. It brings up how the division and distance between those who embrace “new kinds of scholarly communication” and “those who ignore such techniques” is increasing. The discussion also touches on the falling walls of academia – in that some philosophical research projects look a lot like anthropology projects [and vice verca]. He comments:
“I’m pointing to x-phi as an example of a new kind of scholarly communication, something that, regardless of its content, is conducted in a new way, and thus able to achieve attention (warranted or not) far beyond what professional philosophers who ignore such techniques (blogging, organizing, collaborating) would be able to achieve.” (savageminds.org)
The discussion that follows also includes wonderful disciplinary battle cries which have motivated a new chapter in my research. Inspired by recent discussions with Dr. Postill about “social fields” and online communities, I’m fascinated with the social drama that unfolds in “disciplinary turf wars” [thats going down as a chapter title].
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A turf war? social drama? Fear not, Dr. Forte responds here!