Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Best served cold ...

... Research Subjects Sue Jared Diamond, the Author and Professor, for $10-Million.

In a post on Wednesday at Savage Minds, an anthropology blog, Alex Golub, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii-Manoa who does field work in New Guinea, suggested that this affair was emblematic of “a fundamental ethical issue that anthropologists will have to face for decades to come.” The rise of the Internet means that whatever scholars write about their field informants—no matter how remote those people might seem—will inevitably be read by the communities they have described.

Well, yeah. Otherwise, what you have is an academic version of colonialism.

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