Category Archives: Washington Post

July 18, 2011, 1:00 pm

Digital Dreams: A Case For Producing More History Ph.D’s

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Among the books I brought with me on vacation is Roy Rosenzweig’s Clio Wired:  The Future of the Past in the Digital Age (New York:  Columbia University Press, 2011).  A radical historian who passed over far too young in 2007, Roy was a member of the first cohort of historians to explore and envision what the Internet could offer to scholars.  I had read some of the essays  and others are new to me, but I decided to read it cover to cover as a set of sustained thoughts.  Since I have it on a Kindle app for iPad, I am actually reading it from cover screen to index screen, which is how I think Roy would have wanted me to read it, even though when he began to plan the volume in 2005, the Kindle had not yet been invented and would not be …

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July 5, 2010, 2:08 pm

Going Postal: Publishing Industry, WaPo Blogger Get Whacked

Publishing as we know it may soon take another hit if the United States Postal Service gets its way. According to the New York Times this morning, Postmaster General John E. Potter (not a relative of mine as far as I know) wants to raise the rates it charges to deliver periodicals in 2011. Currently, the USPS loses $7 billion a year, and Potter notes that periodical rates do not actually cover the cost of delivery. As those of us who are subscribers to progressive magazines and journals know, periodicals that favor content over advertising will be particularly hard hit by a postage increase, and will have to raise their subscription rates — thus risking cancellations.

The Magazine Publishers of America intend to litigate the increase, so with restraining orders and all, don’t worry about Mother Jones having to bite the bullet yet. However, as publishing is groaning under the strain …

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