the launch of MediaCommons Press 09.29.2009, 9:21 AM
posted by bob stein
Cross-posted from Kathleen Fitzpatrick's blog at MediaCommons
Today I have the pleasure of unveiling MediaCommons Press, a project we've been working toward for several months now. MediaCommons Press is the second major project hosted by MediaCommons, and it is dedicated, as the header has it, to open scholarship in open formats. MediaCommons Press hopes to promote the digital publication and discussion of texts ranging from article- to monograph-length, in forms ranging from the traditional to the experimental, serving all areas of scholarship in media studies.
Today's also the day that I put my money where my mouth is, in more senses than one: I'm serving as the test case for MediaCommons Press by releasing, as our first major publication, the book that I've been working on for the last year and a half. Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy will, if all goes according to plan, come out in print sometime next year from NYU Press, but it's available online right now, for open review.
And that's the second way I'm putting my money where my mouth is. One of the key arguments that I make in the book is that the peer review of digital texts must be an open, conversational process, one that draws on the wisdom of a far greater number of readers than the usual two or three anonymous reviewers, one that focuses on discussion among the reviewers, and between the reviewers and the author, and one that allows the multiplicity of responses to a text to become part of the text itself.
I hope you'll come by and join the discussion. And I also hope you'll consider joining in by publishing with us. MediaCommons has developed into a thriving community network in media studies; we're excited to take the first steps today in transforming that network into a viable, community-based scholarly publishing system.
Posted by bob stein on September 29, 2009 9:21 AM
Pete Nikolai on October 22, 2009 12:57 PM:
I visited the site for Planned Obsolescence but could not view comments or footnotes and also could not add comments. I did sign in on WordPress and added futureofthebook.org to the sites allowed by my popup blocker but those did not help. Any suggestions?
bob stein on October 23, 2009 1:51 AM:
Hmmmm. that's unusual. sorry you're having a problem with this. can you contact me at "firstname.lastname@example.org" and i'll try to help you figure it out.