Archivos Mensuales: julio 2012

Desempaquetando la cultura en “Culture Works” — Arleen Dávila

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“… la esencia de este libro radica en el amor, la admiración y aprecio hacia los trabajadores de la cultura que he tenido el placer de conocer a través de los años, especialmente los artistas que trabajan a nivel comunitario que he conocido a través de mi investigación en Puerto Rico, las comunidades latinas de Nueva York y Buenos Aires. Todos trabajan con gran dificultad en estos tiempos tan adversos. Me refiero a un contexto donde la cultura se aprecia solo como un agente económico, o como una herramienta de desarrollo y donde solo se le valoriza por el dinero que genera, los artistas se miden por sus capacidades empresariales más que por el trabajo que hacen con y por las comunidades.”

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The disappearing virtual library – Christopher Kelty

The disappearing virtual library – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

Los Angeles, CA – Last week a website called “library.nu” disappeared. A coalition of international scholarly publishers accused the site of piracy and convinced a judge in Munich to shut it down. Library.nu (formerly Gigapedia) had offered, if the reports are to be believed, between 400,000 and a million digital books for free.

And not just any books – not romance novels or the latest best-sellers – but scholarly books: textbooks, secondary treatises, obscure monographs, biographical analyses, technical manuals, collections of cutting-edge research in engineering, mathematics, biology, social science and humanities.

The texts ranged from so-called “orphan works” (out-of-print, but still copyrighted) to recent issues; from poorly scanned to expertly ripped; from English to German to French to Spanish to Russian, with the occasional Japanese or Chinese text. It was a remarkable effort of collective connoisseurship. Even the pornography was scholarly: guidebooks and scholarly books about the pornography industry. For a criminal underground site to be mercifully free of pornography must alone count as a triumph of civilisation.

To the publishing industry, this event was a victory in the campaign to bring the unruly internet under some much-needed discipline. To many other people – namely the users of the site – it was met with anger, sadness and fatalism. But who were these sad criminals, these barbarians at the gates ready to bring our information economy to its knees?

They are students and scholars, from every corner of the planet.  Continue reading

A look at EHN’s environmental justice series — Environmental Health News

A look at EHN’s environmental justice series — Environmental Health News.

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“A look at EHN’s environmental justice series

Editor’s Note: Environmental Health News debuted a multi-week series, examining environmental justice issues, on June 4. For this series, Pollution, Poverty, People of Color, EHN dispatched reporters to seven communities across the United States to report on their struggles to cope with an array of environmental threats. On the 30th anniversary of a North Carolina battle that is widely considered the birth of the environmental justice movement, our reporters and photojournalists found a legacy of lingering problems and newly emerging threats that are jeopardizing people of color in low-income communities. Their stories resonate with all of us, no matter what color or class. – Marla Cone”