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  1. Italicizing Wikipedia? CMS15 v. CMS16

    In my writing up to now, I italicize Britannica because it is a book. I never italicize Wikipedia or blog names because as The Chicago Manual of Style 15th edition notes: "websites, if titled, should be set in Roman, headline style, without quotation marks" (8.199). However, the new 16th …

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  2. The Informed Analysis of New Media

    I recently finished two works about the "free culture" movement, each of which are polar opposites -- and in a way that is unsettling. The most recent is Mark Helprin's Digital Barbarism: a Writer's Manifesto. I have long found it ironic that critics of "Web 2.0" -- to use a problematic …

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  3. Rethinking Expertise

    Given my interest in Wikipedia, pseudo-science, and skepticism I'm fond of works which at least help us identify the implicit (social) concepts we invoke when we talk about knowledge, authority, and expertise. Evans and Collins (2007) Rethinking Expertise is an interesting treatment of the topic: well-written (though more explicit definitions …

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  4. Chicago Notes in BibLatex

    I am indebted to the help I received on comp.text.tex in formatting my dissertation and dealing with bibliography issues. When I turned to the book manuscript, I decided I wanted to move from APA parenthetical citations towards Chicago footnotes. Unfortunately, this is a complex system, and nothing was …

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