On Writing in Public
Saturday, January 3, 2015: 10:50 AM
Gramercy Suite A (New York Hilton)
Writing in Public makes public and visible, via digital means, the processes by which history making takes place. Writing In Public means draft all my work in open, generally starting with Tweets, following by blogging, and finally sharing all my drafts in open, editable documents on Google drive. Academic writing practices mystify the labor writing takes. The commodification of ideas as currency in academia means that writing is often concealed until publication, leaving the interim versions in the struggle towards a publishable version unseen. These processes often leave the academic writer isolated. Writing in public counters this. Writing in public derives from my work on the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s and 1980s. I follow in the footsteps of other women who sought to erode the distinction between public and private to reveal the politics underneath.