I find it very interesting how the different modes of publishing that are available today can have a huge effect on what is being published.
The concept of oral publishing before their was writing gave me a whole different perspective and understanding on the concept of publishing.
I liked the thought that whatever was published before writing was open to discussion and was not finite, and that the ability to speak and publish in an oral manner is innate within every human.
Publishing on the Internet deals with many of the problems that Socrates had with writing, such as it being unresponsive and having not being able to defend itself or engage in discussion.
Platforms such as Wikipedia and other collaborative writing pages are very responsive and have the ability to change what is published based on others being able to contribute to the texts and discuss their strengths and flaws. Comments sections and areas for people to report innaccuracies or biases make collaborative publishing online more open to the benefits of oral publishing.
Online and collaborative publishing are in stark contrast to what i have seen from looking at how work is scrutinized before being published by Pan Mcmillan or MIT Press.
These platforms for publishing work are very top-down controlled and have very strict and arbitrary guidelines that must be adhered to if a person wishes to get their work published.
In comparison to this, Youtube as a mode of publishing only requires people to have an opinion and a computer and they may publish whatever they want and in a very powerful manner. I see this mode of publishing as being very challenging to the traditional structure of publishing, with the average person having far greater control on what they are able to make known.
This can be related to Gary Ulmer’s electracy and has large implications for the social. People are able to know and make known more than they have ever before and i think this is largely because of transformation in modes of publishing and the ease in which published material can be accessed.