Adhering to a feminist community amid the politics of digital scholarship proposes challenges. Although a non-hierarchical collaboration with graduate students sounds like a promising collaboration, I wonder if the sustainability of the venture is really that promising when ego driven professors forget that they are mentoring new media scholars. Publishing on-line or in print can become highly political and also serve to validate someone’s self-worth. So, is writing for a feminist community an exchange for feminist politics? Individuals may argue that the feminist community is only a privatized self-help if not paired with a feminist call to action.
If building this feminist community is a success, and people are content helping one another, the newly created professional identities are successful legacies of online literacy. There are many opportunities for multimodal literacies, and there are many positive aspects of connecting with others to share and experience various levels of technical literacies.
Also, I want to add that it is a bold statement that intellectual property difficulties and agonistic authorship hierarchies are more prominent in the realms of the sciences. I have witnessed conflicts about collaborative scholarly works concerning whose name appears first, and I have only been active in two departments – and they were not common sciences. Ultimately, I believe elitism exists in all academia.
I may just be being overly critical, but I am just blogging.