University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach
This essay combats elitist academic attitudes assuming that all online content is not reputable and that online communication, specifically txtspk, defiles English. By exploring the tenants of open source and open access, particularly the benefits of free redistribution, online editions of Shakespeare’s plays prove to promote intellectual excellence and transparency, benefitting academics most. Similarly, the belief that txtspk is destroying the English language is a myth because modernizing and shortening words exist in all languages, including the first printed editions of Shakespeare’s canon. Finally, this essay addresses future concerns for online editions such as the copyright barriers over intellectual and artistic material, the necessity of universal design, and the need to recognize privilege and value identity. Terence Eden’s open source project, SHKSPR.mobi, is this essay’s example for discussing academic attitudes toward these concerns. Ultimately this online txtspk edition of Shakespeare’s canon advances rather than redacts academic scholarship.
Copyright; English language; Intellectual property; Intellectuals; Open access; Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616; Text messaging (Cell phone systems); Text messages (Cell phone systems)
Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature
Smith, B. V.,
To txt, or not to txt: SHKSPR.mobi and Academia.
Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/mcnair_posters/56