The merits and ramifications of open access-the electronic publishing model that gives readers free, irrevocable, worldwide, and perpetual access to research-are currently being vigorously debated. Particularly in the sciences, open access is now increasingly proposed as a valid means of both disseminating knowledge and career advancement. Gary Hall presents a timely and ambitious polemic on the potential that open access publishing has to transform both "papercentric" humanities scholarship and the institution of the university itself. Rigorously interrogating the intellectual, political, and ethical implications of open access, Digitize This Book! is a radical call for democratizing access to knowledge and transforming the structures of academic and institutional authority and legitimacy.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments vii Introduction: Another University Is Possible 1 Metadata I Notes on Creating Critical Computer Media 19 I Internethics
1 Why All Academic Research and Scholarship Should Be Made Available in Online Open-Access Archives-Now! 39
2 Judgment and Responsibility in the Wikipedia Era 55 Metadata II Print This! 80
3 IT, Again; or, How to Build an Ethical Institution 88 II Hyperpolitics
4 Antipolitics and the Internet 105 Metadata III The Specificity of New Media 151
5 HyperCyberDemocracy 167 Conclusion: Next-Generation Cultural Studies? 187 Metadata IV The Singularity of New Media 208 Notes 217 Bibliography 271 Index 292