[SIGCIS-Members] Historians and journalists

Browne, Janet jbrowne at fas.harvard.edu
Sun Oct 12 14:53:33 PDT 2014

Ah,from what I thought was a private email before I became a member! My actual post was later and did not contain that descriptor. Sharon's point is well-taken. My brow usually feels that the New Yorker is high-ish and somewhat parochial. Janet

From: Lee Vinsel <lee.vinsel at gmail.com<mailto:lee.vinsel at gmail.com>>
Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014 4:58 PM
To: Janet Browne <jbrowne at fas.harvard.edu<mailto:jbrowne at fas.harvard.edu>>
Cc: "members at sigcis.org<mailto:members at sigcis.org>" <members at sigcis.org<mailto:members at sigcis.org>>
Subject: Re: [SIGCIS-Members] Historians and journalists


Please see the email from Thomas Haigh copied below which was titled "Reminder: Things you post to this list are archived and public"and sent out on October 8th. You can also see old emails in the SIGCIS archives here: http://sigcis.org/pipermail/members/2014-October/thread.html


Lee Vinsel

Dear SIGCIS members,

SIGCIS recently received a request from Prof. Janet Browne at Harvard to take down from our “blog” two recent “posts” alleging plagiarism. She feels that they are no longer needed as the situation is “now resolved,” with no evidence found of plagiarism in either case as everything was done in accordance with the genre norms of “highbrow journalism.” I have explained to her that this is an unmoderated listserv, not an edited blog, and that SIGCIS has no editorial role. We have never had such a request before, and the SIGCIS EC is currently exploring its policy implications.

However I do want to give you a reminder that everything posted to members at sigcis.org<mailto:members at sigcis.org> goes immediately and without moderation to more than 350 people around the world, and that all messages are permanently archived and open to the public. This is in contrast to a blog, or a threaded discussion board where posts can be edited and deleted. So before you “reply all” just take a second to think about what you are doing and who might read it. After you click “send” it’s going to be up there on the interweb forever.

You will also notice additional text pointing out that opinions expressed are not those of SIGCIS appearing at the bottom of each new message.

Best wishes,


On Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM, Browne, Janet <jbrowne at fas.harvard.edu<mailto:jbrowne at fas.harvard.edu>> wrote:
Responding to Sharon Traweek's post yesterday may I ask from where she gets the phrase 'highbrow journalism" that is not mentioned in my post of Saturday 10th.  Sincerely, Janet Browne

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