Publishing as a Vocation: Studies of an Old Occupation in a New Technological Era

Publishing as a Vocation: Studies of an Old Occupation in a New Technological Era

by Irving Louis Horowitz
     
 

The linkage of politics and technology is now the driving momentum in communication. Publishers are now part of the astonishing transformation of the slow to the instant. From twitters to bloggers, the communication of ideas can now be accomplished in a matter of minutes, not weeks, months, or even years.

Horowitz believes that at its best, information technology

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Overview

The linkage of politics and technology is now the driving momentum in communication. Publishers are now part of the astonishing transformation of the slow to the instant. From twitters to bloggers, the communication of ideas can now be accomplished in a matter of minutes, not weeks, months, or even years.

Horowitz believes that at its best, information technology can be harnessed to facilitate the expression of democratic thought. In providing better access to production and technology, there is great hope to liberate humankind from ignorance and ideology—and imagination is what the purpose of publishing is and always will be about. If politics is the art of the possible, then technology can be harnessed to the higher art of transforming scientific principles into everyday practices.

Publishing as a Vocation places publishing in America in its political and commercial setting. It addresses the political implications of scholarly communication in the era of new computerized technology. Horowitz examines problems of political theory in the context of property rights versus the presumed right to know, and the special strains involved in publishing as commerce versus information as a public trust. Offering a knowledgeable and insightful view of publishing in America and abroad, this book makes an important contribution to the study of mass culture in advanced societies.

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Publishing as a Vocation is engrossing. While each was written sui generis, together they constitute a set of snapshots of the revolutionary communication situation we face today.” Howard Schneiderman, (Anthropology & Sociology) Lafayette College “Publishing as a Vocation is Olympian, but at the same time a down and dirty view on publishing. The last chapter with its case studies was a brilliant way to bring it all to closure.” Ray C. Rist, (Knowledge & Evaluation) The World Bank "Publishing as a Vocation is illuminating and thorough in its details. It presents publishing matters like a mathematical theory, with hypothesis, thesis and demonstration.” Lalo Schifrin, (Composer and Conductor) Beverly Hills, California.

Publishing as Vocation is most impressive in bridging with incisive analysis the ancient craft of publishing and the modern world of digital production. It is a marvelous job of combining moral exhortation and the discipline of economic reality.” James E. Katz, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University “[A] lucid and penetrating analysis of what is happening in the publishing world, especially in the United States of course, but aslso—by ricochet—in Europe.” —John Taylor, author of the series Paths to Contemporary French Literature “I Feel compelled to write you to remark upon, first the extraordinary value I believe this book offers those entering and neophytes in t he modern publishing world. In this period of such radical technological change – and very possibly modifications of editorial standards and content – the words of an old and successful hand can only be of immense use as they seek to make t heir way in a sea of uncertainty.” Richard Abel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412811101
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/2010
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Irving Louis Horowitz (1929-2012) was Hannah Arendt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University. He was the founder and served as chairman of the board and editorial director of Transaction Publishers.

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