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"A Watchful State"Jeffrey Rosen. The New York Times Magazine (October 7, 2001), pp. 38ff.The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have stimulated the government to consider the installation of more surveillance cameras to protect...
Can Book Publicity Ever Be Morally Neutral?
Among the important ethical issues facing an academic journal book review editor, the most pressing is the relative value of the front-matter-the refereed articles-versus the back-matter-the book reviews. The value of objectivity or moral neutrality...
Censorship and Silencing: Practices of Cultural Regulation
Censorship and Silencing: Practices of Cultural Regulation Robert C. Post, editor. Los Angeles: The Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1998. ISBN 0-89236-484-X (paper).This extensive discussion and investigation of censorship...
Cyber Rights: Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age
Cyber Rights: Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age Mike Godwin. New York: Times Books, i998. 333pp. $27.50.As we move through the new millennium, the Internet continues to increase in global importance and influence. International social and legal...
Ethics of Reviewing in a Close-Knit Community
This number of the [New York Public Library] Bulletin, by the way, although it has just reached us is for November. We have already had occasion to remark that the Bulletin is rather late in making its appearance each month, and trust we shall not have...
How to Talk about Heartbreaking Works of Staggering Genius- and Those That Are Not: A Guide to Ethics in Book Reviewing
What kind of a profession is it that lets some 3.3%, i5-watt, illiterate son of a bitch tear your work and your reputation to shreds and get paid for it?-Sinclair LewisOverviewReviewing can never be objective, for it is an act of interpretation and judgment...
Life on the Screen
Life on the Screen Sherry Turkle. New York: Simon & Schuster, i995.Cyberspace, once the domain of science fiction, has assumed an everyday existence via the Internet. In Life on the Screen, Sherry Turkle of MIT examines personal identity in the age...
Maps and Politics
Maps and Politics Jeremy Black. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. 188 pp. Illus. ISBN 0-226-05493-4 (acid-free paper). $35.The dust cover is arresting: it is a map of the world, with South at the top, North at the bottom, and Australia taking...
Plagiarism and the Culture War: The Writings ofMartin Luther King, Jr., and Other Prominent Americans/Plagiarism, Copyright Violation and Other Thefts of Intellectual Property: An Annotated Bibliography with a Lengthy Introduction
Plagiarism and the Culture War: The Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Other Prominent Americans Theodore Pappas. Tampa, FL: Hallberg, 1998. 256pp. $22.Plagiarism, Copyright Violation and Other Thefts ofIntellectual Property: An Annotated Bibliography...
Professional Values and Ethical Dilemmas in Book Reviewing
IntroductionWhen someone accepts the position of book review editor for a professional journal, the ethical issues involved in the position are probably not given any consideration. Yet, with any position of responsibility, ethical issues are a part....
Reviewing Academic Books: Are There Ethical Issues?
Faculty members a[double dagger]liated with U.S. colleges and universities that aspire to eminence must "publish or perish." So they all write articles and many write books. Neither articles nor books, however, are always published, in part because ofa...
Reviewing: Ethical Failures
Every day, thousands of book reviews appear in newspapers, magazines, and journals; referees tender their assessments of book and article manuscripts to publishers and journal editors; and peer reviewers offer their opinions on the worthiness of grant...
Silencing Scientists and Scholars in Other Fields: Power, Paradigm Controls, Peer Review, and Scholarly Communication
Silencing Scientists and Scholars in Other Fields: Power, Paradigm Controls, Peer Review, and Scholarly Communication Gordon Moran. Greenwich, CT: Ablex Publishing, 1998. 187 pages, ISBN 1-56750-342-X. $73.25.Balancing ego, reputation, and power with...
Some Realities of Book Reviewing
IntroductionBook reviewing is a very important task. With so much information available, it is impossible for scholars to keep up with what is occurring in their field, especially if, like me, one is a generalist who is interested in several areas. One...
Surveillance, Privacy, and the Law
Surveillance, Privacy, and the Law John Gilliom. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, i994. i8ipp. $i9.95.Building upon his thesis topic, "The dangers of safety employee drug testing, social control, and the law," John Gilliom's Surveillance,...
The Baltimore Case: A Trial of Politics, Science, and Character
The Baltimore Case: A Trial of Politics, Science, and Character Daniel J. Kevles. New York: W. W. Norton, 1998. ISBN 0-393-04103-4.The so-called Baltimore case, or controversy, started out in 1986 as an attempt by Margot O'Toole to correct an alleged...
The Baltimore Case Misrepresents a Major Piece of Evidence
The Baltimore Case (Kevles, i998) describes a long train of events that started with the accusation by scientist Margot O'Toole that a paper on immunology co-authored by David Baltimore was in part not supported by its experimental data, and ended with...
The Conscience of a Reference Reviewer
A few years ago a friend and I were doing the exhibits at an American Library Association conference in New Orleans when a woman I did not know approached us. She greeted my friend, who in turn introduced her to me. She was, as I recall, a reference...
The Ethics of Academic Book Reviewing
The ethical quandaries in Academe are many and various today. But you knew that. Think for a moment about what some of them are. They include (in random order here, because their relative importance varies over time and from institution to institution)...
The Scandals of Translation: Towards an Ethics of Difference
The Scandals of Translation: Towards an Ethics of Difference Lawrence Venuti. London: Routledge, 1998. 210pp.Lawrence Venuti's well-written and very interesting book rests on two key thoughts: translation, besides rendering an author's ideas and words...
The Social Misconstruction of Reality: Validity and Verification in the Scholarly Community
The Social Misconstruction of Reality: Validity and Verification in the Scholarly Community Richard F. Hamilton. New Haven: Yale University Press, i996, 289 pp. $32.50.We generally take the contributions of the scholarly community to be true, valid,...
Visual Revelations: Graphical Tales of Fate and Deception from Napoleon Bonaparte to Ross Perot
Visual Revelations: Graphical Tales of Fate and Deception from Napoleon Bonaparte to Ross Perot Howard Wainer. New York: Copernicus Springer-Verlag, 1997.How do we derive meaning from data displays? Researchers, students and publishers have much to gain...
We Scholars: Changing the Culture of the University
We Scholars: Changing the Culture of the University David Damrosch. Cambridge: Harvard, i995. 225pp. $i5.95.During the past few years, a spate of popular, conservative, often antiacademic diatribes have appeared. Works such as Anderson's Imposters in...
What Ethics? Whose Review?
Every year, over 45,000 books are published in the United States alone. Though many pass unnoticed from the publishing house to the pulping mill, a great many of them receive some kind of attention, from a full-scale write-up in The New York Times Book...
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