Link Round-Up

Silent Sunday Scanning, Scrutinized

Or, Some Links About The Future of Publishing

Not a proper link-round up — too focused for that — but some food for thought about the coming media revolution. Enjoy.

Dan Cohen, “The Social Contract of Scholarly Publishing,” Dan Cohen’s Digital Humanities Blog, 5 March 2010.

Can we change the views of humanities scholars so that they may accept, as some legal scholars already do, the great blog post as being as influential as the great law review article? Can we get humanities faculty, as many tenured economists already do, to publish more in open access journals? Can we accomplish the humanities equivalent of, which provides as good, if not better, in-depth political analysis than most newspapers, earning the grudging respect of journalists and political theorists? Can we get our colleagues to recognize outstanding academic work wherever and however it is published?

I believe that to do so, we may have to think less like humanities scholars and more like social scientists.

Mark Sample, “Loud, Crowded, and Out of Control: A New Model for Scholarly Publishing,” Sample Reality, 6 March 2010.

I love this Updike passage. It’s so perfectly stated that I find myself nodding in agreement even as I recoil on the inside. We need go no further than the line I have italicized to see some of most pernicious misconceptions influencing what Dan calls the demand side of the publishing.

Craig Mod, “Books in the Age of the iPad,” @CraigMod, March 2010

Print is dying.
Digital is surging.
Everyone is confused.


1.) “Coming” because it’s not yet clear who will be first up against the wall. Someone, certainly … and hopefully not me.

Image Cite: FeatheredTar, “Monarchial Scrutiny,” Flickr, CC License