Digital Culture


The Gifting Logos: Expertise in the Digital Commons

Hartelius’s current book is a study of what expertise is inside the digital commons, a 21st century aggregate of persons, resources, and information networks. With three case studies, the book describes how people talk about their experiences and knowledge as integral to the digital artifacts that they create (text, imagery, software, archives, design, music, etc.). Specifically, Hartelius demonstrates that the creative processes of expertise in a digital environment are talked about as habits of gifting. Gifting is the complex logic of knowledge and cultural circulation on which the digital commons depends.

Select Publications

“‘Leave a Message of Hope or Tribute’: Digital Memorializing as Public Deliberation.” Argumentation and Advocacy 47 (2010): 67-85.

Wikipedia and the Emergence of Dialogic Expertise.” Southern Communication Journal 75 (2010): 505-526.

“A Content-Based Taxonomy of Blogs and the Formation of a Virtual Community.” Kaleidoscope, 4 (2005): 71-91.

“Big Data and New Metrics of Scholarly Expertise.” Review of Communication 14 (2014): 288-313.

 “Big Data and Global Knowledge: A Protagorean Analysis of the United Nations’ Global Pulse.” Ancient Rhetorics, Digital Networks, edited by Michele Kennerly and Damien Smith Pfister. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, forthcoming.

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