[Air-L] Literature/cases request: Obligations to know (e.g., RTFM)

Olga Zero olga.zero at gmail.com
Mon Jan 28 05:09:44 PST 2013

The language used to describe art does pretty much the same. The keyword
"elitist" reminded me of an analysis by Alix Rule and David Levine on the
so-called "International Art Language". They screen a large set of
 art-related press releases and find a peculiar lexical, grammatical and
stylistic features. For example, superfluous abstract nouns or the
excessive use of the suffix "-ization" .

Perhaps this could help.



Olga Zero

2013/1/22 Joseph Reagle <joseph.2011 at reagle.org>

> Hello everyone,
> I'm interested in cultural norms and expressions of an "obligation to
> know." In the hacker realm this is well developed: clue (cluestick,
> clue-by-four), asshats, newbies (newbs), RTFM (Read the "Fine" Manual),
> lazyweb, etc. In minority (e.g., race, sex, gender) studies there's the
> notion of privilege, *-centrism, and the idea that it is not the obligation
> of the oppressed to have to educate the ignorant majority. In popular
> culture, there's "Topic 101."
> Can you offer any other examples? Do you know how I might trace the
> linguistic origins of "101"? (How and when did it first become popular?)
> Can you point me to any related literature? (For example, Coleman's (2012)
> discussion of RTFM in her recent "Coding Freedom," or Lori Kendall's (2008)
> "'Noobs' and 'chicks' on Animutation Portal.")
> If so, many thanks!
> --
> Regards,
> Joseph Reagle                    http://reagle.org/joseph/
> (Perhaps using speech recognition, sorry for any speakos.)
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