A series of live dispatches by if:book’s own Meg Vann from the O’Reilly Tools of Change Publishing Conference in New York City.
Henry Jenkins (HJ) in conversation with Cory Doctorow (CD) and Brian David Johnson (BDJ)
What happens when computing becomes so widespread we begin to wonder why we need it. Same question for publishing.
How do we think about the choices for different media – should content be film, book, etc?
Spreadable Media – rapid circulation – people have the capacity to pass content along – how we make those decisions?
New project: comics and graphic novels – visually dense and complex – colour and shifts in scale – 9 essays each published separately and serially – it at the end of the project it will be bundled and sold – all digital, never a print book.
What we need to do pedagogy through literature is keywords – you need search words and also literacy about how to parse out the search results. Words in novels that have “just Google it” implied with it:
- The first inkling of what a 21st century novel looks like – always assuming there’s access to a search engine
- The old fear that using a calculator would make children’s brains lazy – now, good contemporary maths teaching always assumes there’s a calculator handy
- Movies that weren’t just a stage play, that weren’t just a play with a camera pointed at it
The Vintage Tomorrow project is done, now there’s an opportunity to expand and continue as an ebook.
How can we have these conversations about the future? Goal: to get as many people having these conversations as possible – through conferences, sci fi, non fi, videos etc, moving from fiction to non-fiction to video and so on.