I’ve just re-read Gary Hall’s short article ‘Pirate Radical Philosophy’ from Radical Philosophy 173 (May/June 2012). In it, Hall argues for a reassessment of the ways in which we conduct and distribute scholarly work, moving away from an individual and possessive approach to publication and more towards a collaborative framework inspired by ‘peer-to-peer networks and text-sharing platforms’. These are exactly the kinds of experiments that will uncover the potential of scholarship in the digital age, particularly within the humanities. Too often, digital humanities scholarship simply maps the methods of traditional scholarship with single-author publication, linear pdf articles, and so on. We’ve barely begun to scratch the surface of what the digital environment has to offer.
Anyway, the article is well worth a read.