I cannot help thinking that requiring more information about what happened
in the interchange between Martin Mueller and the TEI Board, all of whom are
dear friends of mine with whom I have worked closely and very, very
productively -- I cannot help thinking that that is really a witch hunt.
Please, let's move on.
In this string, as well as the future of TEI-string, metaphors are being
mobilized to speak about the TEI that are worth heeding and thinking about
from a theoretical perspective. I'm remembering Alan Liu's call to include
cultural studies thinking in digital humanities, and I believe that this
wide-ranging and productive discussion. "Basterdization," "emasculation,"
"exceptionalism," and "elimination" all indicate some kind of drive for
I agree with everything that is being said, or disagree as the case may be,
but that's not the point: I'm just wondering to myself what it means that
what is said needs to be said in these ways.
Finally, I wanted to address one point made by Julia:
> 1. Work harder on eliminating the problem David identifies, of
> multiple truly equivalent ways of doing the same thing. In cases where
> the alternatives aren't truly equivalent and are all important, the
> documentation should make clear which to use in which circumstances
This point makes sense, but, I want to recall a statement made by Umberto
Ecco about natural language: "Only that which can be used to lie can be used
to tell the truth." It may be that two synonymous tags could eventually
find distinctive functions--through the process that S.T. Coleridge calls
"desynonymy," that happens in natural language. The TEI may function so
beautifully to the very extent that there are some uncontrollable
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