I’ve been following the projects at the Institute for the future of the book, including MacKenzie Wark’s new Gamer Theory project, and a project by journalism professor Micthell Stephens about ancient Rome. Both projects are great from the perspective of experimental interfaces– very clever about the problems of careful call and response on scholarly texts (as opposed to the post + comments model of the blog). I’m not sure either are as interesting content-wise as they are interface-wise, but that’s frequently the difficulty with new media experiments… worth checking out in any case.


Christopher M. Kelty is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a joint appointment in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the department of Information Studies and the Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on the cultural significance of information technology, especially in science and engineering. He is the author most recently of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on open source and free software, including its impact on education, nanotechnology, the life sciences, and issues of peer review and research process in the sciences and in the humanities.

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