As drupa starts up online, Emily Bell lets slip that "the newspaper disappears" @CSherburne @XeroxProduction

This is going to be a fascinating drupa. There is already loads online including a tweet event tomorrow through What They Think.

“Tweetjams”—live discussion forums via two-way Twitter postings—will herald and review Xerox’s activities at the show. Facilitated by WhatTheyThink’s Cary Sherburne, the chats will take place on Tuesday, April 24, at 2 p.m. EDT, and again on Tuesday, May 22, in the same time slot. Following @CSherburne or @XeroxProduction and including the hashtag#FuturePrint in Tweets is the ticket to joining the jams. 

Thing is, if Xerox have social media so upfront then print is clearly just part of communication. Maybe this is already well known but I think it is worth repeating just in case anyone thinks something different. Tweet as above over the next month or so, or if not into Tweeting some other method that Google could find please.

Today I bought a print Guardian as on a Monday there is a Media section, though much reduced from previously. Emily Bell writes about the recent prize for Huffington Post and includes a quote from Pulitzer chair Sig Gissler. The definition of eligibility has to change "as the newspaper disappears". Well, that is news. Rarely acknowledged in the Guardian in print.

I think there could still be a weekend Guardian on a Saturday. and inkjet could do a regional Guide insert to events. But the social position of print is changing.

Jo Francis appeared in the print version of Printweek on Friday, at least a photo. You had to follow the link to the website to discover the actual blog. Same thing with the helpline. So the print is paid for but leads the reader into the website. Will the print continue for long? The "so what?" question is not about any one piece of kit, more about what the trend is.

Also I think it may be the case that there will be no printed edition of the proceedings from the Networked Learning Conference. Previously it has been possible to find a PDF of the papers but this has not been widely promoted. Now there is a notice of publication by Lancaster University and some impressive design in the presentation together with an ISBN number. I can trace one previous publication through the Wikipedia


Advances in Research on Networked Learning
Series: Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Series, Vol. 4
Goodyear, P.M.; Banks, S.; Hodgson, V.; McConnell, D. (Eds.)
2004, VIII, 248 p.



I don't know how many copies were sold at that price. For whatever reason it seems that online open access is now better supported. Networked Learning as theory gets more interesting as more people can access it and the format is easier to relate to.