Shirky on Publishing, Texts from Hillary, Electric Lit Kickstarter Love, and Diana Spechler, Nude ModelBy TNB Editors
April 10, 2012
In an interview over at the Findings blog, Clay Shirky responds to the question “How is publishing changing?”:
Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of making something public. That’s not a job anymore. That’s a button. There’s a button that says “publish,” and when you press it, it’s done.
In ye olden times of 1997, it was difficult and expensive to make things public, and it was easy and cheap to keep things private. Privacy was the default setting. We had a class of people called publishers because it took special professional skill to make words and images visible to the public. Now it doesn’t take professional skills. It doesn’t take any skills. It takes a WordPress install.