Séminaire Information, communication et numérique, 9 février 2017, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, 190 Avenue de France, 75013 Paris, Accueil à 9 : 30.
Cette contérence sera prononcée en anglais. Une aide à la traduction pourra être organisée
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What it is that publishers do seems like it should be obvious. But it’s not. In fact publishing is much more slippery and diffuse than we might think. However in a time of enormous technological change, it’s more vital than ever to understand how this ancient industry works. At the core of this new theory of publishing lie two actions : filtering and amplification. By focusing on them we not only get a better understanding of publishing in the past ; but we can get a handle on the upheavels of the digital revolution and better understand how it changes not only publishing but the entire ecosystem of reading, writing and communicating in general.
Following the theory above, this talk looks at one aspect in more detailing : the idea of filtering, or more specifically, the importance of the idea of curating in publishing and in our emerging culture and economies more widely. The problem with text, with any publishable materials today is above all one of overabundance. An excess of reading matter is the dominant motif of our time. Hence the filtering role of not only publishers but all actors in the ecosystem is now more important than ever. To understand the world of content today, means understanding how we are all becoming curators.