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Humanist Archives: April 3, 2020, 8:26 a.m. Humanist 33.726 - on using academia.edu

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 726.
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    [1]    From: John Naughton 
           Subject: Academia.edu (23)

    [2]    From: Ken Friedman 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.718: research training online? (90)

        Date: 2020-04-02 10:46:05+00:00
        From: John Naughton 
        Subject: Academia.edu

Dear Willard

Just want to signal my agreement with Gabriel Egan’s objections to being
expected to read stuff on Academia.edu (http://Academia.edu).

It’s a bit like LinkedIn for academics. And just as manipulative.

My general rule: any service offering a Google or Facebook sign-in is
either careless or questionable.

In the age of surveillance capitalism only the paranoid survive!


Professor John Naughton
Director, Press Fellowship Programme
Wolfson College, Cambridge
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        Date: 2020-04-02 08:49:03+00:00
        From: Ken Friedman 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.718: research training online?

Dear Prof. Egan,

For the most part, I've been quite happy with Academia. I don't see what
makes them dodgy. They are a private company offering a service. I don't
maintain a web site, so I have no place to put the material on the World Wide
Web. I'll be happy to send these materials to anyone who wishes to make them
available on their web site.

As an intermediate step, I'll send Willard the documents. If he wishes to
distribute them to the Humanist List as attachments, that's fine with me.

People can only do so much with their time. I do research. I edit a journal, 
which is available open access on the World Wide Web. I make my own documents
and teaching resources available on Academia. I'm not prepared to manage a web
site just so that people who don't like Academia can read me. Nearly 6,000
people follow me on Academia with over 1,000,000 views and downloads of my
different papers over the years. That's a reasonable audience.

No matter how much work I do, I can never catch up on my reading, and I rarely
finish the articles and books I ought to be writing. Managing a web site is a
burden I will avoid.

Warm wishes,

Ken Friedman

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> On 2020Apr 1, at 10:08, Humanist  wrote:
>                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 718.
>            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
>                   Hosted by King's Digital Lab
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>        Date: 2020-03-31 09:25:36+00:00
>        From: Gabriel Egan 
>        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.710: research training online
> Dear Ken Friedman
> I'd like to take a look at your intriguing
> materials on research training announced on
> Humanist.
> But you've put them on http://academia.edu so
> I'd have to do one of the following:
> i) Tell Academia.Edu my email address
> ii) Create an Academia.Edu account
> iii) Create a Google account
> iv) Create a Facebook account
> I don't want to do any of these things. Why
> don't you just put your stuff on the free
> (Open Source, Open Access, Open Standards)
> WorldWide Web rather than giving it to a
> dodgy private company that has a distinctly
> spurious claim to its ".edu" top-level-domain
> name?
> Regards
> Gabriel
> --
> ________________________________________________________________________
> Professor Gabriel Egan, De Montfort University. www.gabrielegan.com
> Director of the Centre for Textual Studies http://cts.dmu.ac.uk
> National Teaching Fellow http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ntfs
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