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

Planned Obsolescence Publishing Technology and the Future of the Academy Choice s Outstanding Academic Title list for Academic institutions are facing a crisis in scholarly publishing at multiple levels presses are stressed as never before library budgets are squeezed

  • Title: Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy
  • Author: KathleenFitzpatrick
  • ISBN: 9780814727881
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • Choice s Outstanding Academic Title list for 2013Academic 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 understanChoice s Outstanding Academic Title list for 2013Academic 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 broadly about the academy s future and an argument for reconceiving that future in 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 Check out the author s website here For information on MediaCommons, click here Listen to an interview with the author on The Critical Lede podcast here Related Articles Do the Risky Thing in Digital Humanities Chronicle of Higher Education Academic Publishing and Zombies Inside Higher Ed

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    1. There is something ironic about a book that deals with technology and the future of publishing, given that in the view of many the future of publishing does not lie in the book, but then the story of this particular book points to many of the key issues involved in the future of publishing and the academy. It was initially accepted for publication by a press and then turned down on marketing grounds, along with the review and refereeing by the press Fitzpatrick opened it up to an on-line open re [...]

    2. full-stop/2012/11/14/rReview by Blake SeidenshawIn a speech given at the University of Illinois in 1962, the American architect and polymath R. Buckminster Fuller spelled out an eerily-prescient vision of the technological innovations which were bound to revolutionize education, precipitating the birth of a ‘world-around’ society. “Simultaneous curricula are obsolete”, he proclaimed,“Real education […] will be something to which individuals will discipline themselves spontaneously un [...]

    3. Every single content stream in the world has been redefined in the past decade, except for the contents that surround higher education, which have thus far been rather stalwart in resisting change. Personally, I don't think this is a noble part of higher thought, but a reflection that academics has become a form of bloated bureaucracy. Fitzpatrick does a great job of providing the details behind the bureaucracy of journal publishing, though perhaps in using such a traditionally academic & li [...]

    4. Fitzpatrick's account of the new modes and changes in scholarly communication remains remarkably timely in 2014. The book is well documented, detailed and sophisticated, avoiding the problems of technological determinism and futurology that undermine other accounts. The only speculative leap in her analysis is her admittedly utopian reliance on the idea of an economy of the gift, which she argues should shape the collaboration of scholars in the digital humanities, at least in the early chapters [...]

    5. This is an accessible look at the current state of digital humanities. Fitzpatrick really delves deep into the economic realities of publishing scholarly online work online and how in many ways it can be beneficial (more collaborative) but is also wary of the costs as well (less editorial control/ vetting) Overall, an engaging treatment of the subject. It would be perfect for an undergrad or grad course.

    6. An unusually eloquent discussion of the future of academic writing in a digital age.Fitzpatrick argues that it is not so much changes in technology as the inability of our institutions to respond to those changes that make intellectual writing an increasingly marginal activity. Read for my grad course on Writing in a Digital Age.

    7. A very interesting and perhaps idealistic look at academic publishing now and in the future, especially as to how technology should be changing processes and evaluations. She brings up some important but potentially revolutionary ideas about tenure, publishing, reviewing, and collaboration, and I would love to see many of those implemented. I'm not holding my breath, though I do think that certain institutions and organizations are trying to push beyond their institutional stasis to try to chang [...]

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