Buckets and Vessels:

Notions of author­ity are not erod­ing. People will con­tinue to seek out and reward expert opin­ion. No one is storm­ing the prover­bial gates, and there are still plenty of peo­ple who want to get inside them. What is hap­pen­ing instead is the cre­ation of a de facto, rather than de jure, cul­ture of cura­tion to deal with a world that has become more of an abun­dant present than a con­sid­ered past.

How one pub­lisher is stop­ping aca­d­e­mics from shar­ing their research:

With aca­d­e­mics doing much of the work and the Internet reduc­ing dis­tri­b­u­tion costs, you might expect the cost of aca­d­e­mic pub­lish­ing to fall as the Internet makes com­mu­ni­ca­tion more effi­cient. Instead, the oppo­site has hap­pened. Subscription rates for top aca­d­e­mic jour­nals have sky­rock­eted in recent decades – with one study report­ing per jour­nal sub­scrip­tion costs rose 215 per­cent between 1986 and 2003, despite the con­sumer price index only increas­ing 68 per­cent in that same time period.

At some point aca­d­e­mic research will be free and pub­lic by default. Some day.