Excellent work in finding and sharing this with us, very provocative, and I have to confess that I fundamentally agree with him. But I also cheat. What I mean is that while I personally have lost any desire to publish in journals, anyone looking through my course websites will see that I use a great many of them for teaching purposes, so I am thankful that some continue even while I do not wish to personally. On the other hand, the articles I use are not generally of the kind that Taylor describes above.
My own writing and other production preferences are for online video, blogging, and if writing then books. I don’t think that the journal format is the right format for presenting ethnographic knowledge, it is largely an idea imported from the natural sciences (reports on experiments) and it should have been left there. And while I still use journal articles, on the whole I only find about one really useful article for teaching for every 200 articles that I peruse or read, that kind of statistic means that I basically find almost 0% of articles to be useful.
On the whole I think Taylor has the right vision of the broad historical trends at work here.
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I think his critique is interesting but a bit unbalanced, and one-sided. I’d prefer your way of combining online-videos, blogging with traditional forms of publishing. There is a lot of interesting stuff in journals if you browse long enough. i think the point is to question the dominance of journals and start exploring new ways of presenting knowledge.