[Humanist] 24.619 more than the cuts

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Dec 28 09:06:37 CET 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 619.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2010 16:47:53 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: more dangerous than the cuts

Those here who have been following the outcries against the cuts to 
higher education in the U.K. will want to read Simon Head's article in 
the latest issue of the New York Review of Books, "The Grim Threat to 
British Universities", 

Places in the world that are more favourable to research will benefit from the 
inevitable migration of talent. But let me ask again: would it not be wise to 
consider ways of working and problems on which to work that do not depend 
on large-scale institutional support? We do not any longer need computer 
centres, at least for raw computing power. Communication networks may be 
assumed. Storage is cheap. There are exceptions, of course, but starting to 
make such a list leads me to think that resources aren't really the problem. 
I am led to think that imagination, or the lack of it, is -- that what matters is 
what we know to desire. Good resources help, of course. But what good are 
they if we're thinking that a job at the end of education is the target?

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Professor, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney,
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

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