Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy


Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy is a book by Kathleen Fitzpatrick , Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association and Visiting Research Professor of English at New York University , published by NYU Press on November 1, 2011. [1] The book provides an overview of issues facing contemporary academic publishing , including the closing of academic presses [2] and the increased pressure on faculty to publish to achieve tenure. [3] Fitzpatrick’s central argument is that academia should embrace the possibilities of digital publishing, which will change the culture of academic writing and publishing. Continue reading