Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Books, Social Networking and Publishing

We found two presentations by Michael Bhasker on The Digitalist. The second presentation is a little lengthy, but worth a read!
The former presentation is fairly straightforward and deals with how publishers can and should be getting more involved with social networks. It was originally delivered at a conference in Russia so is primarily visual, hence I’m not really sure quite how well it works online.
The latter is a more of an academic, off the wall, blue skies thinking presentation. It was enormous fun to write and allowed me to go back to my glory days talking about people like Jacques Derrida (no, don’t groan, he’s cool, honest). The presentation basically looks at how our culture is turning back into an oral culture, how even text is becoming like oral communication and asks what this means for the novel and the book.

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