Concerning the old publishing and mass media system:
The beneficiaries of the system in which making things public was a privileged activity--academics, politicians, reporters, doctors--will compain about the way the new abundance of public thought upends the old order, but those complaints are like keening at a wake: The change they are protesting is already in the past. The real action is elsewhere. [Preprint of the essay is here.]I hear some things like this from my faculty. I need them to wake up and see that the old publishing system is dying, and that they need to support new methods of publishing and peer-review. The Administrators need to figure out new ways to award tenure based on the different publishing systems. The architecture of access to scientific knowledge is just plain messed up. We can't go back to the good ol' days.
Hopefully, I will be able to blog about many more sections of this book.
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