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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Planned Obsolescence Original 1st edition cover. Views Read Obsolescwnce View history. In addition to focusing on the development of preservation practices through community organization, Fitzpatrick argues that creators of digital artifacts must take steps to ensure the compatibility of their work with preservation efforts, stating: Sandstrom, CHOICE “Fitzpatrick’s Planned Obsolescence —its title a sardonic speculation on the future of the printed book—considers how academic publishing might best resolve this challenging dilemma.
She proposes a possible model of scholarly writing that collects and compiles work in illuminating ways. Retrieved 16 March For more information on MediaCommons, click here. One of the points that this text argues hardest about is the need to reform peer review for the digital age, insisting that peer review will be a more productive, more helpful, more transparent, and more effective process if conducted in the open.
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 Two: NYU Press will cancel exam copy orders ovsolescence information cannot be verified. ftzpatrick
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She is the author of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: In addition 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. Houman Barekat in the Los Angeles Review of Obsolescenc described Fitzpatrick’s reluctance to understand authorship as an effect of technologies and processes of production as “a sobering antidote to the vulgar technological determinism that characterizes so much of the hype around the digital revolution.
This change is a result of the capabilities of word processing, which allows for the swift and simple revision of text, and the digital networking, which enables linking, reader commentary, and version control. But the conversation that takes place here will be key to my revision process. Authorship authorship and technology the rise of the author the death of the author from product to process from individual obsolesccence collaborative from originality to remix from intellectual property to the gift economy from text to… something more Three: Chapters obso,escence ‘Peer Review,’ ‘Authorship,’ ‘Texts,’ ‘Preservation,’ and ‘The University’ methodically dismantle arguments for the status quo, with 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.
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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. In particular, her critique of the traditional mores ,athleen academic publication, whereby texts are first reviewed by colleagues and obsolescencf published if they meet certain criteria, lacks clear “requirements for a proposed alternative system”.
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Lastly, Fitzpatrick suggests that these shifting locations and roles of the university press may remove the financial concerns previously restricting their abilities to experiment with new modes of publishing, perhaps allowing presses to explore alternative, more sustainable and open publishing models, including open access publishing. This page was last edited on 28 Januaryat Retrieved from ” https: As argued throughout the book, scholarly publishing in its current as well as future forms stands to benefit from various forms of cooperation and each of these units may contribute something katgleen to enhance the production of scholarly work.
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: To support her argument for social solutions, Fitzpatrick examines several successful projects concerned with the development of text markup, metadata, and access standards and practices including TEIDOIand LOCKSS and shows that each is based in the creation of a community organization that values openness and extensibility.
To be viable, this would require institutional acknowledgement that this kind of work is as valuable as the traditional scholarly monograph, and also the participation of the scholarly community in a gift economy with their work.
In a time 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.
But she goes further, insisting that the key issues that must be addressed are social and institutional in origin. Texts documents, e-books, pages hypertext database-driven scholarship reading and the communications circuit commentpress and beyond Four: The point is made concisely by Kathleen Fitzpatrick in her new book, Planned Obsolescence: They must be committed to 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.
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Planned Obsolescence is a wonderfully clear and honest assessment of the present state of academic publishing and possible future directions. Fitzpatrick acknowledges that online writing, and particularly the use of platforms that enable reader comments, will require authors to develop a different relationship to their work. By releasing text to be read and commented upon online authorship becomes ongoing, process-oriented work taking place in a community of interested readers.
Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy”. Fitzpatrick continues to develop her ideas of the importance of community with an analysis of digital text preservation in which she proposes that current technical issues with digital text preservation will require social solutions.