Planned Obsolescence Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy

ISBN-10: 0814727883

ISBN-13: 9780814727881

Edition: 2011

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Description: "Academic institutions are facing a crisis in scholarly publishing at multiple levels: presses are stressed as never before, library budgets are squeezed, faculty are having difficulty publishing their work, and promotion and tenure committees are facing a range of new ways of working without a clear sense of how to understand and evaluate them. Planned Obsolescence is both a provocation to think more broadly about the academy's future and an argument for reconceiving that future in more communally-oriented ways. Facing these issues head-on, Kathleen Fitzpatrick focuses on the technological changes--especially greater utilization of internet publication technologies, including digital archives, social networking tools, and multimedia--necessary to allow academic publishing to thrive into the future. But she goes further, insisting that the key issues that must be addressed are social and institutional in origin. Springing from original research as well as Fitzpatrick's own hands-on experiments in new modes of scholarly communication through MediaCommons, the digital scholarly network she co-founded, Planned Obsolescence explores these aspects of scholarly work, as well as issues surrounding the preservation of digital scholarship and the place of publishing within the structure of the contemporary university. Written in an approachable style designed to bring administrators and scholars into a conversation, Planned Obsolescence explores both symptom and cure to ensure that scholarly communication will remain relevant in the digital future. "--

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 11/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College and founding editor of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons. She is the author of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television and has blogged at Planned Obsolescence since 2002.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Obsolescence
Peer Review
Traditional Peer Review and Its Defenses
The History of Peer Review
The Future of Peer Review
Anonymity
Credentialing
The Reputation Economy
Community-Based Filtering
MediaCommons and Peer-to-Peer Review
Credentialing, Revisited
Authorship
The Rise of the Author
The Death of the Author
From Product to Process
From Individual to Collaborative
From Originality to Remix
From Intellectual Property to the Gift Economy
From Text to ... Something More
Texts
Documents, E-books, Pages
Hypertext
Database-Driven Scholarship
Reading and the Communications Circuit
CommentPress
Preservation
Standards
Metadata
Access
Cost
The University
Publishing, Not for Profit
New Collaborations
Publishing and the University Mission
The History of the University Press
The Press as University Publisher
Sustainability
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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