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Classics in the Modern WorldA Democratic Turn?$
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Lorna Hardwick and Stephen Harrison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673926.001.0001

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All Mod Cons? Power, Openness, and Text in the Digital Turn

All Mod Cons? Power, Openness, and Text in the Digital Turn

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Classics in the Modern World
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Elton Barker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673926.003.0028

This chapter uses three contemporary classics-based projects to think through issues relating to power, openness, and the text in the digital medium, which have relevance for this book’s broader investigation into the democratic turn. It finds that important questions relating to collaboration, funding, interdisciplinarity, technical expertise, training, and the like, mean that there is no easy or simple correlation between digital research and democratic impact, though three key measures of accomplishment—use, openness, and infrastructure—certainly have the potential to make the debates within higher education more accessible to the general public. The situation is analogous to the technological shift in Herodotus’s day, from orality to literacy, when the historian used writing to interrogate inherited structures of knowledge and authority. The future role of the digital medium in academia depends as much on our continued struggle to challenge such structures as our ability to work within them.

Keywords:   digital, democratic, scholarship, accessible, technology

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