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Knowledge 2.0?: The University and Web 2.0

In this first lecture of the 2006-07 New Directions in Humanities Research series Entering the Stream, Alan Liu examines the relationship between scholarly knowledge and so-called "Web 2.0" (the recently formulated, second-generation paradigm of the Web).

Knowledge 2.0?: The University and Web 2.0
Thursday, October 5, 2006
4:00 p.m.
Levinthal Hall
Stanford Humanities Center

In this first lecture of the 2006-07 New Directions in Humanities Research series Entering the Stream, Alan Liu examines the relationship between scholarly knowledge and so-called "Web 2.0" (the recently formulated, second-generation paradigm of the Web). The talk will move from practical issues to the larger social and philosophical implications of how knowledge is being reconfigured in the age of blogs, wikis, social networking and the other Web 2.0 technologies of "collective intelligence." In the era of Google, Wikipedia, and other Web 2.0 exemplars, is all knowledge destined to be just "good enough" knowledge? Is user-contributed knowledge a more robust paradigm than expert-produced knowledge? Does the unstable relation between scholarly knowledge and Web 2.0 merely reveal underlying problems-and potentials- in the adaptation of the academy to general society that have lain dormant since Web 1.0?

Alan Liu is the weaver of Voice of the Shuttle. He has been a Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 1988 and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1980. He is the author of The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (U. Chicago Press, 2004) and is currently working on the forthcoming Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database (Univ. of Chicago Press).

The New Directions in Humanities Research Lecture Series presented by the Stanford Humanities Center.

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