Recommended daily reading – 27 December (Christmas clearance edition)

A few items from before and after the holiday:

Via freepress on Twitter is a link to this Visual Guide to the Open Internet. Helps to clarify the issues at stake in the net neutrality conversation.

On the same topic, via David Brothers and Ragnell on Twitter, is a link to this piece on copyright and piracy and the Atomic Robo blog by Brian Clevinger. Clevinger makes an argument about the importance of goodwill between creators and fans/users, and the  desire to both access content and support those who make it.

Finally, is this post at Panels on Pages asking after the best comics to be turned into TV shows after the success of The Walking Dead. I would like to see more comics to television projects, TV and comic books have more in common as storytelling media than do comics and film in many ways, and I have often thought that B.P.R.D. would be a great foundation for a television series. So, I second that suggestion.

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Recommended daily reading – 7 December (finals week edition)

A few notes as I await the deluge of papers:

On Reassigned Time 2.0, Dr. Crazy has a personal view on why she is not interested in moving from faculty to administration. I can only say, “yes”, to what she writes, but I also appreciate how she manages to explain her own thoughts and feelings without tearing down those who are interested in becoming department chairs, or even moving higher up in the hierarchy. I should add that I have to be department chair in geography every six years or so, but the kind of position Crazy is writing about is more akin to what are “division chairs” at Western. Department chair is not a ‘real’ administrative position at my school, and like most faculty, in geography we just rotate every two years and everyone takes a turn. There are certain pieces of paper we have to sign, we are often the first contact for potential majors and minors, etc., but we are mostly interlocuters for the actual administrators than we are administrators ourselves.

Following up on my last Recommended daily reading post, I notice that the current focus on the humanities as a place to cut back on higher education budgets is continuing to get push back, which is heartening. Inside Higher Ed notes a campaign in Ireland to see the humanities as a tool for economic growth, while at Crooked Timber is an announcement of Dutch-government funded initiatives in inter- and multi-disciplinary programs in the humanities.

On Robot 6 is a discussion of Creative Commons and comic book characters. I am encouraged to see comic book creators thinking about these issues. Given the economics of comics, and how readily the medium lends itself to digital, it probably isn’t a surprise that writers and artists in the field would be out in front on thinking about copyright in nuanced ways.

And last, two drawings from Renee French, a nervous looking rodent and a sort of Cthulu-like character.

Recommended daily reading – 16 September

Another short set:

To begin, a note from the GraphicNovelReporter about Neil Gaiman appearing on the PBS animated kids show, Arthur. I mention this in part because of Gaiman – and I can’t believe that today is the first day I have used the tag “NeilGaiman” on delicious – but also because when Anne-Marie and I lived in the sort of granny flat at her parents for a period after my Ph.D. we watched a lot of PBS kids shows, including Arthur. There probably aren’t that many authors who can mean something to the main audience for Arthur and fill a big hall at Comic-Con.

Second, is this article from In These Times about the company, Righthaven, which is helping the Las Vegas Review-Journal file lawsuits against bloggers and community organizations for alleged copyright violations for using the paper’s articles or excerpts of their articles on their websites. One informant in the article describes the company as a ‘lawsuit mill’. However it is described, Righthaven seems to represent the worst excesses of American copyright law on the side of corporate rights holders/claimants.

And lastly, just to show that I am not a frontrunning fan, is OM.net’s article on Marseille’s loss to Spartak in the Champions League.