Bob Stein (Institute for the Future of the Book), 13 March 2007, 5pm, Leicester

The Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, will host a public seminar by Bob Stein at 5pm on Tuesday 13 March 2007.

Reading and Writing in the Networked Era

For the past several hundred years intellectual discourse has been shaped by the rhythms and hierarchies inherent in the nature of print. As discourse shifts from page to screen, and more significantly to a networked environment, the old definitions and relations are undergoing unimagined changes.

The shift in our world view from individual to network holds the promise of a radical reconfiguraton in culture. Notions of authority are being challenged. The roles of author and reader are morphing and blurring. Publishing, methods of distribution, peer review and copyright – every crucial aspect of the way we move ideas around – is up for grabs. The new digital technologies afford vastly different outcomes ranging from oppressive to liberating. How we make this shift has critical long term implications for human society.

Robert Stein is the Director of the Institute for the Future of the Book. The institute, based at the University of Southern California has two principal activities. one is building high-end tools for making rich media electronic documents (part of the Mellon Foundation’s higher-ed digital infrastructure initiative) and the other is exploring and hopefully influencing the evolution of new forms of intellectual expression and discourse. Previously Stein was the founder of The Voyager Company where over a 13-year period he led the development of over 300 titles in The Criterion Collection, a series of definitive films on videodisc, and more than 75 CD ROM titles including the CD Companion to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Who Built America, and the Voyager edition of Macbeth.

This seminar is organised by the Production and Research in Transliteracy (PART) group at De Montfort University. The event is free and open to the public. Directions here.