From paper to screen reading

Last September 25, the Máster de Edición Digital of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) celebrated the III Seminar on Challenges of Digital Publishing at Palau Macaya, in Barcelona. Adriaan Van der Weel, professor of Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University, gave an excellent and engaging presentation untitled From paper to screen reading: Implications for literacy and the book industry. We invite you to watch his talk in the video below.

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The political economy of Marx and Engels’ writings


By Maxigas

“At a certain stage of development, the material productive forces of society come intoconflict with the existing relations of production or—this merely expresses the same thing in legal terms—with the property relations within the framework of which they have operated hitherto. From forms of development of the productive forces these relations turn into their fetters. Then begins an era of social revolution. The changes in the economic foundation lead sooner or later to the transformation of the whole immense superstructure.” – Karl Marx, Preface to the Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy (1859).

The contradictions between the contemporary intellectual property regime – or more precisely the right of owners to exert rent over knowledge and information – and the peer production of the knowledge commons have found another profound expression last week, reminding us of Proudhon’s famous maxim that “Property is theft”.

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