Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy is a book by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication at the. Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, forthcoming from NYU Press. Kathleen Fitzpatrick. Profile: Director of Scholarly Communication Modern Language Association; Website: ; Email.
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Another aspect of community or collective authorship that Fitzpatrick explores is related to remix culture.
Respond to the text, but also respond to the other readers. Except as permitted by law, all other uses are prohibited without written permission of the publisher.
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This page was last edited on 28 Januaryat So the networked space of blogs can help stave off obsolescence but it is still a reality that most will become obsolete just like many academic books if not just a little bit slower. They must be committed plqnned supporting online discussions without dominating them, and they must accept that this will increase the amount of time that they must invest in their writing, both because online discussions require regular participation and because their duration is indeterminate.
In obsklescence to community cooperation and coordination, Fitzpatrick shows that the incorporation of open standards and built-in extensibility are crucial to the development of successful digital text preservation practices.
She uses MediaCommons as an example of a community-filtered web platform that can planbed as a site to comment on a draft of scholarly work. I think the argument here between ephemerality and apparent immortality of blogs is missing an important point. Untitled Widget Planned Obsolescence: Critics have written positively on Fitzpatrick’s treatment of authorship.
Copyright c New York University. By releasing text to be read and commented upon online authorship becomes ongoing, process-oriented work taking place in a community of interested readers. With digital publishing, Fiztpatrick envisions a shift in the accepted conception of authorship from a solitary enterprise with a definite endpoint in the creation of the text to one of writing within a community as part of an ongoing process.
Reviews “At a obsolecence of great uncertainty about the future of the humanities, this informed and stimulating book buzzes with excitement for the opportunities that digital technology can offer karhleen humanities researchers Planned Obsolescence Kathleen Fitzpatrick 1 December The loss of access to digital texts or their interpretability, sometimes due to incompatibility between older media formats and newer obsolescencd, is mistakenly perceived as the loss of digital texts themselves.
Authorship authorship and technology 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 Three: Except as permitted by law, all other uses are prohibited without written permission of the publisher. 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 fitzpatrivk and peer-to-peer review credentialing, revisited Two: It is often assumed that issues with digital preservation are due to titzpatrick ephemeral quality of digital artifacts.
Texts documents, e-books, pages hypertext database-driven scholarship reading and the communications circuit commentpress and beyond Four: Texts documents, e-books, pages hypertext database-driven scholarship reading and the communications circuit commentpress and beyond Four: Drawing on a wide-ranging history of and problems in the process of academic peer review, she argues that much of the peer review process is about credentialing rather than about encouraging good ideas.
I think the argument here between ephemerality and apparent immortality of blogs is missing an important point.
Putting up a draft manuscript of the book up for open kafhleen review and debate allowed Fitzpatrick to demonstrate one of the key points of the book – that scholars have a lot to gain from openly sharing their work on digital platforms, and that open debates should become a part of the publishing process itself. Untitled Widget Planned Obsolescence: Original 1st edition cover.
Fitzpatrick conceptualizes scholarship as an ongoing conversation between scholars that can only continue if participants have the means to contribute to it. Two years before publication Planned Obsolescence was openly peer-reviewed online at MediaCommons Press.
In particular, her critique of the traditional mores of academic publication, whereby texts are first reviewed by colleagues and only published if they meet certain criteria, lacks clear “requirements for a proposed alternative system”.
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So the networked space of blogs can help stave off obsolescence but it is still a reality that most will become obsolete just like many academic books if not just a little bit slower. Fitzpatrick’s exploration of academic peer review has received less favorable criticism.
In a fitzpatrck of unfavorable economic conditions, Fitzpatrick suggests that the university may continue to fulfill its role in these endeavors only by rethinking its mission and repurposing its operational units.
Planned Obsolescence is a wonderfully clear and honest assessment of the present state of academic publishing and possible future directions. At the heart of fitzpaatrick text production, preservation, and dissemination lies the university. The book is divided into five chapters, not including the introduction and conclusion: If the university is reimagined as a center of communication, rather than principally as a credential-bestowing organization, its central mission becomes the production and dissemination of scholarly work.
Fitzpatrick’s study is a must-read, not just for all of those directly involved – academics, publishers, fitzaptrick administrators, librarians – but also for anybody interested in the future of the humanities.
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Chapters titled ‘Peer Review,’ ‘Authorship,’ ‘Texts,’ ‘Preservation,’ and ‘The University’ methodically dismantle arguments for the status quo, fitz;atrick sections debating accepted beliefs and practices such as the anonymous basis of peer review; recognizable, individual authorship; for-profit university presses; and the rejection of open access as a tenable scholarly publishing model.