Earlier this week, Kathleen Fitzpatrick announced that her most recent book, Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, scheduled to published later this year by NYU Press, is now available online for you to read and comment. The book also serves as the launch for MediaCommons Press, a site promoting the publication of books and article-length texts.
As a member of the MediaCommons advisory board, I’ve been excited to see the attempts to rethink academic publishing–and all of the assumptions that go along with it–for the digital age. Chief among those changes is the shift from blind (anonymous) peer review to something approaching an open-source model, where authors invite comments and observations from a wider public, some of whom happen to be academics.
As Kathleen notes in her announcement, we’ve worked hard at MediaCommons to build a scholarly community around media studies. Now, with the publication of her book, we’ll get a chance to see how these tools can be used to invigorate media scholarship. If you get a chance, take a look at her book, share your observations, and keep the conversation about scholarly publishing going, both in the margins to her book and on your own blogs.