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American Diggers Goes International « American Anthropological Association

Action Needed As American Diggers Goes International « American Anthropological Association.

The American Anthropological Association is supporting the petition of our fellow Spanish archaeologists to stop the airing of “Un Tesoro Bajo Tus Pies”, through Discovery MAX: http://www.change.org/es/peticiones/discovery-max-que-se-retire-el-programa-un-tesoro-bajo-tus-pies

This television series is the translated version into Spanish of “American Diggers”, produced by Spike TV, and that the AAA, along with other professional organizations, strongly opposed to, back in March of this year, as it wrongly represents archaeology as a treasure-seeking adventure. Committed to the scientific stewardship of the past, the AAA has sent letters to the corporate and international management of Discovery Enterprises inviting them to follow up the example given by National Geographic Channel and to initiate a similar dialogue with professional associations and archaeologists to promote an educated depiction of archaeology. But above all, the AAA has expressed its deep concerns about the potential looting and subsequent illegal trade that Discovery Enterprises are promoting around the world by airing “American Diggers” internationally, through their affiliated sister networks. We invite you to support this initiative and increase the voices expressing that the content of “American Diggers” is contrary to the ethics of archaeological practice.

Sandra L. Lopez Varela, Ph.D., RPA
Archaeology Seat, Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association

Arriba las voces de la gente donde quiera que sea necesario protestar!!

Que verdad más cierta para muchas de nuestras sociedades.

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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.”

via 80grados.net » Desempaquetando la cultura en “Culture Works”.

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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