August 5, 2008
That’s something that really needs to be discussed too. It’s not just the very idea of inked pressed onto the sliced corpses of dead trees. It’s the entire notion of a print culture. There are things on the Internet that would never, ever find investors for print versions. Yet they thrive online — with advertising!
I’ve read hand-wringing by the pearl-clutchers and future-fearers, who try to hang onto their slim spot on the melting melting melting iceberg of print by positing the future will see the rise of “curators,” who will sift through and separate the Worthy from the Unworthy.
Guess what, you retarded eejits? There is no longer a notion of Unworthy! Everything gets on the Net. There is finally Something For Everybody. Your insipid snooty-nosed idea of what’s Worthy is dead.
Your mindset of gatekeeping is gone. The Berlin Wall fell. The Berlin Wall in your minds needs to fall too.
I should do a kind of formal post about all of this, but no time right now. All this prelude was ignited by the news that Playgirl is ceasing print publication and will now live only on the Net.
Personally, I think it will quickly drop dead on the Net. It belongs to the obsolete world of dead print culture.
Print IS Dead (Well, To Some Of Us. OK: Me!)
August 5, 2008
Microsoft Updates have rendered my PC down to Model T functionality.
I must put aside everything else to have the number of tabs open that I need to do this blog.
Right now, that’s just not possible because I have a BitTorrent download going on that I must have ASAP for research purposes.
I plan to return to this blog next week with the usual “Is It In E?” postings.
August 5, 2008
Warren Ellis makes a case that he’s making a fine living from ink pressed onto paper. He also cites others doing the same.
This is true.
But only because The Thing has not yet appeared that will wipe all of that away.
The Thing could be the mythical iPod Air I’ve been bleating about for months now.
The Thing could be something no one has any idea is being developed right now.
The Thing could be a tree plague that makes paper prices tower over oil prices, thus forcing everything to move into eSpace.
The Thing could simply be the new way things are now working because of the Internet. I’d ask Ellis: Do you buy a daily printed newspaper? If not, why not? And don’t you see a trend inherent there?
For me, print is dead. Because I am old and cranky and sick of boxing, moving, and then unboxing books and books and books and books.
I have no emotional attachment to a printed object. At least not to any book object. It’s the words I want, not the stuff they’re being carried in.
Speaking of book objects, not one of them is even sacred. The Torah, the Bible, the Quran are all available in e versions. And once you’ve gone e with those, you never, ever want to go back to their p incarnations.
Ellis, at least, is working in a medium that is generally printed on X-sized paper. But what if it had always been done on Japanese Manga-sized paper? And in shades of gray instead of color? I suspect Sony Reader sales would have gone through the roof because it would have become the thing to read comics on. (There is some business in Manga on the Reader right now, though more needs to be done to develop that. As Paul Biba and Eleanor Randolph and I have pointed out, the entire Reader process is not painless.) This X-sized paper standard is also in effect in Ellis’s free webcomic, the wonderful FreakAngels. I’m certain that’s to accommodate a printed collection.
But what if Ellis had convinced his publisher (or himself) to do it differently, as a true e comic? In fact, with iPhone 3G sales still being a sales phenomenon, what if Ellis decided to pioneer a comics form for that device? (Right now FreakAngels is not amenable to tap-and-zoom per panel on an iPhone.) I think if he had done so, the sales might have convinced him that print is dead.
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