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Changes in Media Technology Small and Large


Event Summary

This public dialogue series, supported by the Censorship, Information Control, and Information Revolutions from Printing Press to Internet research project at the Neubauer Collegium, brought together scholars of print revolutions past and present with practitioners working on the frontiers of today’s information revolution. These events were not be formal panels with presented papers, but freeform discussions in which experts bounced ideas off each other, discovering rich parallels between our work and sharing them in real time. Taking place from October through November, the eight dialogues united historians, editors, novelists, poets, and activists, and were filmed and shared online, to let the public enjoy and continue the discussions. For more details on the series and related events, please visit

November 9: Changes in Media Technology Small and Large

Practicalities of how creative works circulate—physical size, the cost of a copy, which venues can or will stock them, how they reach audiences—can exert enormous control over works, creators, and publishers, with effects similar to censorship even if no one intends it. And they can also be exploited to act as intentional censorship. This week’s experts discussed the impact of successive small innovations in media technology on book publication, comic books, and music.

Charles Brownstein & Ted Adams (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund)

Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden (editors & publishers, Tor Books, Macmillan)

Aram Seinrich (digital music, piracy)