All mod cons: power, openness and text in a digital turn

Barker, Elton (2013). All mod cons: power, openness and text in a digital turn. In: Hardwick, Lorna and Harrison, Stephen eds. Classics in the Modern World: A ‘Democratic Turn’? Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 411–426.



This chapter uses three current digital projects for thinking through issues relating to power, openness and the text in this burgeoning digital world, which have relevance for this book’s broader investigation of the democratic turn. While certain core tensions have resurfaced time and again (such as short-term funding possibilities vs. long-term sustainability; the collaborative vs. the humanistic model of research; tool development vs. theoretical speculation), I use each of the projects to focus on one key representative issue facing work in this field: these are the questions of reusability, openness and infrastructure.

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