Part of the theoretical basis for deciding to undertake this research by way of the medium of a blog was to explore the potentially-collaborative, connective nature of the medium as a way of disseminating ideas about these events, of placing the scarcity of published writing about the events at the fore of the research, of positioning my lack of knowledge as a potentially positive aspect of the research, and of embedding the research within a critical discourse wherein aside from the mode of research my be naïve, misguided, progressive, or experimental, as many of its aspects as possible are available for comment. The specific forms of this medium allows easy tracking of such comments, implicit or explicit, with alerts extending to, for example, linkbacks. The extent to which the basis for choosing this medium is complicated by what I sense to be some reluctance to make overt, public criticism is becoming more apparent, and therefore it’s appropriate and useful to add this post. As much as I am curious about the events that took place at Wardour Castle I am curious as to why they have received little published attention. I am interested in the impact that the hegemonies operating within scholarly publishing, promotion in the music industry, and such have in shaping the access to materials about these events and the people who were participants.
And so, following my methodology, two questions immediately arise: does the lack of comments about this research result from a reluctance to comment, or from the fact that few have looked at the research? Does the medium of the blog compromise the possibility for enabling comment because of a slow acceptance of the blog as a viable form of publishing ideas?
Aside from the specifics problems of the posting of comments, using this medium continues to: make visible the work of research; define the objects of the research’s inquiry. ‘[T]he book in the era of the internet will look and act differently from the book of the era of the book.’ (see here)
PS. It’s been five years since I first declined the suggestion that I should begin a blog, and over that five years it has become a medium thoroughly compatible with, if not representative of, the kinds of ways of connecting people that have widespread acceptance. Of course, this acceptance has little penetrated academic institutions, but then, this research is unfunded. I have Chris Anderson ringing in my ears (how could I not at the moment?!?!) – perhaps this is my ‘myspace’?: if so then it is time for a renewal in funding for ‘quality’, if you heard this podcast, (get a proxy to read the book), as I’d quite like it to be my ‘day job’.
PPS. It’s interesting to note that Harvard’s library catalogue, which is as contemporary as any I know and is based on making connections between resources as easy to access as possible, isn’t linking to the free version of Anderson’s book.