Alan Pritchard doth schreibble :
> I was talking to my son the other day who is doing a PhD on the history of
> the photographic industry in the UK, 1837-1914, and looking at a poster he
> has done. His comments on Kodak & the rise of popular photography started me
> thinking and talking about what I said was the 'democratization of
> technology' or what I am now thinking of as the 'decline of priesthoods'
> Unfortunately he has now asked me for references. I wish I had kept my mouth
> Any leads would be appreciated, and thank you for your indulgence. I hope it
> is not too much OT.
I have been discussing this recently with some
students at SUNY New Paltz, in contrast with the
elitist "secret society" approach to the
sequestration of knowledge and praxis - must be
in the air!
You might want to take a look at William Eamon's
*Science and the Secrets of Nature*, 1996, which
examines the extent of secrecy in technical
communities, as well as his essay ~
" From the secrets of nature to public knowledge:
The origins of the concept of openness in science ",
*Minerva*, Volume 23, Number 3, September, 1985.
See also Pamela Long's *Openness, Secrecy,
Authorship : Technical Arts and the Culture of
Knowledge from Antiquity to the Renaissance*,
Cors in Manu Domine,
~ Khem Caigan
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