I should probably keep my trap shut. But honestly.
Mark wrote another update to his question about the cluster, surprised at Torill’s remark that we don’t need to link so much to each others work anymore, in part because we have other ways of communicating as well. He writes:
[Torill wrote] “We are in positions where we don’t have to talk through the blogs. We can invite each others for lectures and speeches, and then we can do the commenting face to face.” As a scientist, I find this strange and dismaying: the first duty of a scientist is to disseminate the data. But the humanities are not like you and I.
What!!??? For goodness sake, what kind of alienating rhetoric is that? Us versus them? Lectures, talks and publishing articles isn’t dissemination anymore? Torill’s conference blogging (read her many posts from Other Players in Copenhagen today, or from State of Play and Serious Games last month) isn’t dissemination? Huh?
So, the cluster’s still here and the machinery still works — at least, if you give it a good kick.
So that’s what you were doing? Kicking doesn’t seem a very nice image, to be honest.
I don’t think we need to protect clusters. I’d rather stay open to new ideas, keep strong friendsships and also exchange ideas with many people.
I think we should just read what interests us, and I don’t really care whether that’s because of the topic matter, or because it’s written by a friend, or whatever. Perhaps “cluster” is the wrong word, anyway. Why not just accept we have loose networks that change constantly?