Academic journal article Hecate

The River Ophelia: A Licence to Fish?

Academic journal article Hecate

The River Ophelia: A Licence to Fish?

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Subject: Re: Hecate

Date: Thu, 18 Jul 199616:37:56+0800

Having just had a quick squizz at Gillian's piece in Hecate, I'm

wondering if some of the outrage being shown by members of this

list may have more to do with the quality of the article in which

their virtual writing was placed. It does seem to be more a piece of

reportage than a critical grappling with issues. While much of the

piece is a collage of quotes from posts there seems to be no attempt

to consider the role of a list such as this. At the same time, there

seems to be little in the way of critical engagement with the

concerns raised in what, imho, has been one of the most

sophisticated sets of exchanges on this list since I've been

subscribed. In short, Gillian's article had the feeling of being

written by somebody who had just discovered a new means of

communication-or, at least, an aspect of one-on which a topic

that she was much involved with was being discussed. It seems to

me that she wasn't actually sure what was of most interest, the list

as a phenomenon or the discussion of grunge. Perhaps what is

really of interest is the complex way the two are articulated

together, ie questions about media and criticism.

Sorry, have to dash,


In Hecate No. 1 1996, a piece of the author's writing was the headline quote for Gillian Whitlock's piece `The River Ophelia: Trawling the Net.' The item, along with three others by different authors, all purportedly produced in their entirety, was quoted without my permission. This is of great concern to me for several reasons.

At the most basic level, my text was edited in at least two places, without the fact of this editing being in Ms Whitlock's article. Presumably, the severed parts were unsuitable to illustrate her argument that I, along with the three others, had not engaged in an articulate critical response to Justine Ettler's The River Ophelia. While such selective quotation is common enough in journalism and academic print writing, using it in conjunction with (purportedly) netwriting style verbatim quotes, is intellectually dishonest and ethically shabby, in my opinion. …

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