Canadian. From the summer of 2006:
“Isn’t the Canadian environment you deplore exactly the result of trying to “get rid of stratification”? Much of the non-stratified appearance of suburbia is the result not of successful un-stratification but of hiding the stratification, pushing it off to the edges, over the tracks, onto the reservations, into the inner city. I doubt that a non-stratified society is possible for homo sapiens. Better to find ways to mitigate the worse effects of stratification.
But more interesting is what the topics of the day have in common. How does “Digital Humanities” as practiced by UVic feed into, perpetrate, or interrogate the modes of stratification you are witnessing? Does the top-down mode of organization tend to push a single idealized solution off onto the various users and their projects? What about the desire to hide the xml code from the user in a wysiwyg editor?
Right now I’m reading a critique of digital humanities by Marcel O’Gorman. He characterizes much of the digital humanities community as being stuck in print-minded ideologies that deny many of the real possibilities of electronic textuality. He takes Blake as his model. He would also probably agree with your TEI “cult” statement, since he seems to think that excessive devotion to TEI is one manifestation of archive fever (see section 2 of “Picturing the Canon in an Electronic Age: Provisional Treatment for Archive Fever.”