Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I think the Adobe meeting tomorrow for financial analysts may be a defining moment for the Web. My guess is they will concentrate on Flash and AIR and that print and Postscript will not get much attention.

Print media still tend to prefer print. On Guardian Talk (Apr 12) LittleRichardjohn wrote-

The level of internet hysteria on GUT is clear enough. The posters most worried are those who seem to have a definite vested interest in preserving the dominance of print media (and its reliance on hard capitalism) over the new publishing and communications freedoms. The ones who call themselves writers, in fact. The people who should in theory be most in favour of wider freedoms of expression are often most hostile to it in action.

In Education Guardian (published in print and online) Hilary Swain wrote this advice for "anyone wanting to make the most of learning opportunities offered by new technology."

.....lovely as your new laptop is, learn to leave it alone sometimes. Sometimes, you may be able to find better information in a book - or even from a person.

Rather less nuanced is an editorial about local TV in the Western Morning News (not online as far as I know. A news story on a Conservative policy document quotes Jeremy Hunt as pointing out that although barriers are falling rapidly with the arrival of broadband internet TV "it is not going to take off until people can access it through their remote controls." However the Western Morning News editorial is less than impressed.

We welcome the idea that the Conservatives are taking "localism" seriously. But please, Mr Cameron, don't try to impose trashy US-style television on us.

My guess is that actually the Western Morning News is more aware of how effective a combination of broadband and local TV could be than they would like their readers to be.

Not off topic yet, the media pages and the education pages could get swapped over more often as Jeff Jarvis has suggested. He seems to think news stories should just have tags, not be limited to once a fortnight, hat tip to David Weinberger he adds. Which reminds me, the paperback of "Everything is Miscellaneous" is out soon on Amazon USA. Available in the UK by post. Normally the London literary editors do not review paperbacks. but then they did not review the hardback either, in this case.

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