The idea of new publishing forms emerging as a result of Salvatore's
outstanding encapsulation of the complex
socio-spatial reality in which the 21st c. begins is a thought
provoking one. Indeed, the role and form of books? What will
it/they become? But, I would also like to suggest the cracks. That
material publishing, despite paper, CD plastic, and other
physical property may also be taking on a new social shape when
interwoven networks of electronic publishing are theorized
and explored. The exchange value of the material, between persons at
the library desk, or between friends and intellectuals,
students and teachers, is irreplaceable and may even suggest a
political interstice overlooked in the quest for and living online
that we all do.
I think a revisiting of spaces in which exchange of publications takes
place and the parameters of participation is in order. But, as for
it seems to me that here we have the same set of questions that
plagued platforms in the mid nineties - like who had what and who knew
what - as well as the interminable "access" issue which isn't going
away just because we can see mobile devices more frequently now that
they are publically toted around. I realize I'm not talking about
database and narrative, but I am talking about levels of access,
bandwidth speed, design of cities, types of literature and news to be
designed for the information rich and information poor? and it does
not simply follow that if scientists and artists push for elegantly
creative technological "plays" that technology will follow and some
democratic utopia will come on their heels...
:-) molly h.
On Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 3:11 AM, Eugenio Tisselli <email@example.com> wrote:
> Dear Yasminers,
> Since Salvatore mentioned megafone.net in his introductory statement as an example of a possible "next step" towards new forms of publishing, I would like to intervene in this interesting discussion with my 2 cents...
> Salvatore asks, "Can bodies, architectures, geographies, relationships, emotions, cities, information, research processes represent proper spaces for new kinds of publications?" ... and, instead of attempting a reply, I would like to point out that this question reveals an unprecedented openness in the field of publishing. Now we can actually go beyond the book (with all its cultural, narrative and material implications) and experiment with new formats. I believe that the key fact here is that we now have the tools to manage (write, publish and read) works which are much more complex: we can now find our way through chaotic narrative fragments, instead of following the linear order imposed by books. We can now distribute, collaborate, share, customize... The folksonomies at megafone.net can be an example: the participants in the projects, who construct their narrations freely, also add tags to their fragments. By selecting one of such tags on the web
> interface, we can filter our reading: this is the potential of databases as narrative platforms.
> The questions asked by Jennifer Kanary are also very interesting: "A question I have related to 'next step publishing' is how does it
> relate to illiteracy? How do the technologies involved effect illiteracy? Would it make a positive or negative impact? Who would be the new illiterates? And what role would access to technology play?" ... let's try to think about them, since illiteracy is still rampant in many areas of the world, and maybe we should do something as take our "next steps". Douglas Rushkoff's "program or be programmed" comes to mind: perhaps the new literacy will be about knowing what happens inside the black box, that is, being able to at least read and understand the code that makes our applications run.
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