Opening the Book
I want to discuss one aspect of the new messianism about e-texts that I have called simply ‘openness’—what I allude to by ‘Opening the book’. I do so, first, by foregrounding the concept of the open society as discussed by Henri Bergson and then by Karl Popper; second, by tracing the growth of the Open Access movement as a reaction against the economics of publishing; and third, by entertaining the concept of open knowledge production systems that in my view will not mean the ‘end of the book’ but its radical subsumption in a new electronic textual system that will involve a set of changes in all aspects of the ‘culture of the book’ including all phases of its creation, production and consumption as well as its practices and institutions of reading and writing.
Keywords: E-Texts, Openness
Prof. Michael A. Peters
Professor, Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
Tina (A.C.) Besley is professor of counseling at the California State University, San Bernardino. She is the author of many books, monographs and articles including, Counseling Youth: Foucault, Power and the Ethics of Subjectivity (Sense Publishers, 2006) and Why Foucault? New Directions in Educational Research, with Michael Peters, (2006).