The Changing Role of Publishing in Social Life

June 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

‘But what’s happening today – the mass ability to communicate with each other, without having to go through a traditional intermediary – is truly transformative.’

Alan Rusbridger, Editor of The Guardian newspaper.

How is the diminution of traditional, and often hierarchical, “authoritative” intermediaries changing the role of publishing in social life?

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