Thursday, August 30, 2007

What is the purpose of...

In the age of the 4As (anywhere, anytime, any device, any format) what is the purpose of an album, newspaper, magazine, newsletter, website?

8 comments:

Ben said...

Texture. Weight. Smell. Shared experience. I love the digital world, but I really like picking up the newspaper from time to time.

Aside from the luxury of engaging other senses, it's also sometimes cool (and possibly crucial) to see what everyone else is seeing. It's nice to know that my feeds are 100% personalized, but it runs the risk of my slice of the world becoming so insulated that I shut myself off from things that aren't already within my bubble of influence.

my two cents :D

sidenote: I throughly enjoyed reading the Sunday Charlotte Observer at my Gramma's this past weekend. She doesn't have internet, so it wasn't choice, but I'm happy with the outcome.

Kevin Gamble said...

** Aside from the luxury of engaging other senses, it's also sometimes cool (and possibly crucial) to see what everyone else is seeing.**

That's rather nostalgic. I'm afraid that the shared "mass" experience may be a throw-back to a forgone era.

Ben said...

It may be nostalgic, but I think of it as remaining wary. I think there's too great a risk of being addicted to our own little slices of reality and descending into Bis ans Ende der Welt.

Ben said...

BTW, of course I'm not arguing against 4A - just trying to answer your "What is the purpose..." question.

Kevin Gamble said...

* I think there's too great a risk of being addicted to our own little slices of reality and descending into Bis ans Ende der Welt*

Ahhh, I think you are absolutely right. But this is already in full-swing, and I don't think we're going to put the Genie back in the bottle. I suspect it's inevitable.

Peg said...

"In the age of the 4As, what is the purpose of an album, newspaper, magazine, newsletter, website?"

In a word, context. Besides weight, texture, and smell, hard-copy documents offer *edges*, clean endings and beginnings, linear flow, and a certain permanence that reflects their time.

Of course, as a writer, I appreciate that these features also serve as limitations of one-to-many publications. Just as the many unique features of face-to-face communications also serve to limit it.

and so it goes...

As for vinyl, consider the vinyl revival: http://music.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,2127350,00.html

Globally, it's huge!

Peg said...

"As for vinyl, consider the vinyl revival..."

I meant to say, "As for albums..."

floyd said...

Peg,

I agree. I've been thinking about how to participate in different communities in the context of that community - with content and media. So why have a web site if I can inform, share and collaborate via blogs, digg, bookmark, slideshare, fickr, and YouTube? My only answer (so far) is context.

Where does the "message" exist?

I'm still trying to think through this and other related questions.