Date: Wed, 15 Jun 1994 20:34:13 -0400 (EDT)
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Description: An interdisciplinary journal for analysis of the present.
Articles aimed at a generally educated audience
interested in the currents beneath current events. Essays come
out of various academic specialties, but are accessible to outsiders.
U N D E R C U R R E N T
Call for Manuscripts
UNDERCURRENT is a free journal available on the Internet through
e-mail subscriptions. (See end of this message for how to subscribe for
free.) We are seeking article submissions or
queries with abstracts providing an analysis of the present in
terms of discourses, events, representations, classes, or
cultures. We seek to publish analysis of the present from
diverse intellectual perspectives--feminist, historical,
ethnological, sociological, literary, political, semiotic,
philosophical, cultural studies, and so forth. We seek applied
analysis rather than theory. Any theoretical orientation ought
instead to be apparent and immanent in your particular focus on
the present. We especially encourage interdisciplinary work.
Article length varies according to your needs, anywhere from
"short-takes" of 500-1000 words to "feature" of up to 7500 words.
As its audience is potentially much broader than that of academic
journals held only in university libraries, the style must
account for an educated audience which is not necessarily
familiar with either the jargon or the debates in a special
field. UNDERCURRENT wishes to publish articles that address this
broader audience while also conveying a vivid sense of how
current academic scholarship can contribute to our understanding
of the present. We are attempting to bridge the gulf between
academia and the general reading public, a gulf which has allowed
various misperceptions about academia to become politically
overcharged in the popular media.
UNDERCURRENT is founded on four editorial principles which
together make it unique among journals. It is interdisciplinary,
applied, accessible, and focussed on the present. What do we
mean by these four principles?
1. "Interdisciplinary" means that it begins with academic
disciplines and works through/with/against them in new
combinations either within articles or between articles--in order
to see what might be revealed by crossing or fusing disciplinary
borders and/or creating new hybrids as tools of analysis.
2. "Applied" means that it publishes only articles which perform
an actual analysis rather than explore theoretical issues.
Theoretical discussions already have plenty of journals devoting
space to them in every discipline. This is not the same as
saying that theory is banished from UNDERCURRENT, but rather that
it is only theory in action that we wish to publish.
3. "Accessible" means that the articles are aware of an audience
which is not privy to specialized terminology, proper names, and
the recent history of your discipline. This is not the same as
saying that the articles thereby lose rigor, but rather that they
prove to be capable of interest and comprehension by any
intelligent, educated reader.
4. "The present" means that our articles demonstrate an awareness
of who we are now. (We includes any group of people alive.) An
analysis of the present highlights a force, trend, limit, idea,
custom, event, or structure which exerts some contemporary
influence. The "present" can be either "residual," "dominant,"
or "emergent"--to use Raymond Williams' terms.
All submissions will receive a reply, however no copies can be
returned. Any major citation format is acceptable, although
endnotes must be used rather than footnotes due to the
contingencies of various platforms for viewing electronic text.
Submissions and queries can be sent in any of the following ways,
in order of preference:
2.> Mail a floppy diskette with your text in ASCII or
WordPerfect (address below).
3.> Mail two copies of your essay by traditional post to:
Dept. of English
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
PERIODICITY: 3 times per year.
>From heroux@darkwing Fri May 13 00:02:06 1994
Date: Fri, 13 May 1994 00:00:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: unlisted <heroux@darkwing>
Subject: UNDERCURRENT 1.0
U N D E R C U R R E N T
Vol. 1, No. 1
Copyright May, 1994
Erick Heroux, Editor
PO Box 3724
Eugene, OR 97403
Copyrights for contents revert to the authors upon
publication. Downloading, copying, and printing of this
text for personal use is allowed and encouraged.
However, no republication or commercial use in any form
is permitted without prior arrangements with the authors.
1.0 FOREWORD BY EDITOR: HOW TO E-MAIL FOR A COPY
1.1 AMERICA, DISNEYLAND, OR VIRTUAL REALITY: WILL THE
REAL REALITY PLEASE STAND UP?
-- Tony Kerstan, University
of Tasmania, Australia
1.2 ART IN THE NET: A FEW POLICY PROPOSALS
-- Sandra Braman, Institute of
University of Illinois, Urbana
1.3 GENIUS OR MADNESS: CREATIVITY AS HEREDITARY FLAW.
(A Critique of Sociobiology as a Rational Superstition)
-- Steve Mizrach
1.4 NATIONAL LANDSCAPES AND THEIR MAKING IN FINLAND
-- Maunu Ha"yrynen, Helsinki
University of Technology, Finland
NINE LIES ABOUT THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION
-- Sam McMillan, Senior Producer,
Vivid Publishing, Inc.
TV's STEALTH ATTACK ON THE WOODSTOCK GENERATION
-- Wally Bowen, Citizens for Media
Note: Additional information about the authors, including
how to reach them by e-mail, can be found at the
beginning and/or end of each article.
1.0 FOREWORD & DIRECTIONS FOR USE
This is the inaugural issue of UNDERCURRENT, an
intrepid experiment in publishing thoughtful and informed
analysis of the present, distributed freely over the
Internet. The articles here appeal to those who are
weary of "infotainment" and those ubiquitous forms of
empty excitement which leave us unenlightened and even
misinformed. Instead, our appeal is to the delight in
the work of discernment.
Another experiment in these electronic "pages" is to
make accessible a fairly wide range of analysis which
otherwise remains buried in the little backyards of a few
dozen specialists. While the articles here are
intelligent and show the results of certain research,
they are written with a wide audience in mind: a
generally educated audience, rather than the specialist.
This is to say, UNDERCURRENT is not for everyone, but it
has already discovered a vital tribe which seems to grow
The contributors to this issue hail from Australia
to Finland and around the U.S. And we are sorry that
more of the submissions could not be published. We plan
to continue linking together articles not only across
disciplines, but also across geopolitical boundaries. We
hope you will join us in this experiment. After all,
each of us is inundated by the enigmas and mystifications
of current "events," a consideration which calls for the
kinds of studied indifference to fanfare, and the patient
dwelling beneath the surface demonstrated here.
Tony Kerstan's analysis of the virtual reality
experienced in Disney as a version of a simulated
America--and/or of America as a "simulation"-- disrupts
our sense of the reality of everyday life. Beyond the
nostalgia that prevents us from recognizing this lies a
great unknown, both disorienting and free.
Sandra Braman, after a well-informed survey of the
function of art, proposes a few smart policies for the
emerging uses of the Internet by artists. She takes into
consideration economics, cultural development, the
proliferation of new public spheres on the net,
intellectual property rights, and research on how people
access and produce these newer artforms.
Steve Mizrach critiques the surprising return of an
old folk belief about the mad genius in a contemporary
science: sociobiology. This is a peculiar instance of a
discourse which wants to "explain" who we all are by
Maunu Ha"yrynen illustrates the nationalist
construction of an ideal landscape, using research about
Finland as a case history. The promotion of a nostalgic
image of a special landscape as national identity is used
by certain governing administrations to bolster their
And two "short-takes," first Sam McMillan's witty
skewering of nine familiar myths about the promised land
of the computer information revolution, and finally,
Wally Bowen exposes the tacit ideological propaganda that
accompanies a Pepsi Generation ad.
We believe that this is an auspicious beginning, and
look forward to seeing more in future issues.
HOW TO OBTAIN SECTIONS OF UNDERCURRENT
Send the following commands by e-mail to:
For entire issue: "send [undercurrent]1.*"
For an article: "send [undercurrent]1.1" (or 1.2,
1.3, 1.4, etc. See the number next to the articles in
the table of contents above.)
That's it. Do not type the quotation marks, and do
not leave a space between the bracket and the number.
Mail only this command line by itself.
For example, if I wanted only the two "short-takes"
for now, I would e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
this command line: send [undercurrent]1.5
And if instead I wanted only the article "Arts in the
Net," I would e-mail to email@example.com
this command line: send [undercurrent]1.2
The issue is also available on a gopher menu under
the English Department at the University of Oregon. You
can gopher over to the root menu: gopher.uoregon.edu
>From there select menu options in this sequence: #2, #2,
CONTACT: Problems or questions can be e-mailed to