Friday, June 15, 2007

Publisher's Paradox

Mark Frauenfelder at points to a Britannica blog containing an anti-internet rant titled "Web 2.0: The Sleep of Reason Brings Forth Monsters". Clay Shirky responds in part: "Academic libraries, which in earlier days provided a service, have outsourced themselves as bouncers to publishers like Reed-Elsevier; their principal job, in the digital realm, is to prevent interested readers from gaining access to scholarly material."

The sense I am getting is: "Perhaps resistance is futile."

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