[Irtalk] Reactionary Rhetoric Against Open Access Publishing | Bivens-Tatum | tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Jul 25 19:55:13 SAST 2014

In 2013, Jeffrey Beall published an attack on the open-access scholarship
movement in tripleC: “The Open-Access Movement Is Not Really About Open
Access”. This article examines the claims and arguments of that
contribution. Beall’s article makes broad generalizations about open-access
advocates with very little supporting evidence, but his rhetoric provides
good examples of what Albert O. Hirschman called the “rhetoric of
reaction”. *Specifically, it provides examples of the perversity thesis,
the futility thesis, and the jeopardy thesis in action. While the main
argument is both unsound and invalid, it does show a rare example of
reactionary rhetoric from a librarian.*

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