What does it mean to publish today, as this action seems within anyone’s reach? The legitimization frameworks (how does one know who to trust?) are at stake, since the very notions of “publication” (content produced by amateur bloggers and video makers, but also investigation journalists and field-expert scholars) and “audiences” (reached at a global scale, in quasi-immediacy) are being shaken up:
Distribution mechanisms will need to evolve in ways that recognize the productive distinction between popular work and more specialized scholarship, and address the complex set if issues that will continue to emerge around intellectual property, licensing and use, peer-review, and the role of professionals in publishing, preserving, and providing access to scholarship. … But the theoretical issues remain: What is a publication? Who will undertake the making-public of arguments, research projects, repositories, archives, and other materials of the human record, its creative expression and interpretation?
To publish, in the sense of “making public,” has been trivialized by tools and platforms; Digital Humanities addresses problems which arise from these new dynamics. How must we rethink publishing in the current context (a saturated attention economy, standardized by calculatory logics which often suppress nuances which are important to us)?