[Irtalk] Lessons for the Digital Age From a 500-Year-Old Publishing Revolution | Science | KQED Public Media for Northern CA

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed Feb 11 12:03:30 SAST 2015

For centuries, scientists disseminated their research in journals that
large publishers printed and distributed. At the time, that made sense.
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But in the Internet age, many scientists are questioning this process. Why
shouldn’t they just post articles online, free for everyone to read?
It’s not just scientific publishing that faces change, of course. Digital
technology, from e-books to blogs to Twitter, has thrown the whole
publishing world into confusion.
Pundits pontificate on the future of the press, and bibliophiles blubber
over the future of books. Nothing like this has ever happened before—or has

*Actually, 500 years ago in Europe, a newfangled thing called “printing”
set the stage for major social and scientific upheaval.*

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