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Paradigms

More from the book. Actually, from a paper that draws on chapter one, and will probably sit somewhere across three chapters:
For the last decade, Duncan Speakman has been developing a form for immersive narrative he calls the subtlemob – films without cameras, alternate worlds and poetic layers in the everyday. The antithesis of a flashmob, Speakman’s work [...]

A Monolothic Wrongness

I’m guilty of many things, not the least of which is a tendency to rush to judgement, although I do tend to think things through before I express that judgement in public.
Which brings me to PD Smith’s City.

A piece of design, from Bloomsbury, that is as near perfect in print as I’ve seen for some time. From [...]

Disruptive Innovation

Last week Nick Harkaway drew attention to the paucity of innovation within publishing, suggesting that really disruptive innovation might not appear within a conventional publishing industry.
I agree. I could make this into a lecture about Marshall McLuhan and cars vs buggies, but you haven’t the time, and neither have I.
However, I am interested in making [...]

Tariffs, education and leagues..

A peculiar post.
For Alistair Horne, and anyone who’s interested.
Sam Missingham posted on Futurebook this morning regarding male/female bias in publishing, and I responded by asking about the ex-Public School ratio in the same industry. Alistair Horne picked me up on this and asked about Oxbridge.
As I mentioned – I’m not trying to be chippy (if [...]

Mapping the landscape

Baldur Bjarnason and I are writing a book. It’s about books, electronic textuality and materiality and is a manifesto of sorts. I suggested a few weeks ago that we might blog sections of it while we go, partly to make public some of our thoughts, but also as a declaration of intent. The book (it’s draft title [...]

Right of Reply

To Baldur’s post in Lessons in Interactivity.
A quick, Friday morning response:
I certainly said that (and I’ve said as such before) and Baldur’s use of those words are nicely dovetailed into the McLuhan quote, which certainly shows he was paying close attention. Form invokes content; books are books, and apps are not books. TouchPress’ Wasteland, for example (it’s the piece [...]

Right of Reply

To Baldur’s post in Lessons in Interactivity.
A quick, Friday morning response:
I certainly said that (and I’ve said as such before) and Baldur’s use of those words are nicely dovetailed into the McLuhan quote, which certainly shows he was paying close attention. Form invokes content; books are books, and apps are not books. TouchPress’ Wasteland, for example (it’s [...]

Profundicity

Or, some ideas, some declarations and another bloody experiment:
I started to post some ideas in progress a week or so ago, tagged them on a tumblr blog and on twitter – some images, some text; just me trying to get the feel of the thing. Trying out the shape of it, how it sounded and [...]

Ghent, Lovecraft and Schrödinger’s tape recorder.

Each time I begin to write in this blog it seems as if I’m apologising for not having written anything for the last few months. And this time is going to be no different. Since Lucy was born (and before, if truth be told) it’s been increasingly difficult to find the time or the inclination [...]

The Centre

I can’t talk about Jo without giving the game away, so beware, spoilers follow. She defies easy classification and compression into a simple set of paragraphs. She was the second character to appear in the first draft, sketched out years ago, and she’s largely unchanged since those first lines.
Jo is amnesia. She’s the moments we’d [...]

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