Let’s start with a non-ARTS2090 introduction to myself, huh?
Firstly, I should point out that I do not in fact know Latin. But rather my first thoughts of ‘publications’ are that of Latin scripts although I now figure that the idea of publishing goes much further back.
Now, I feel as though a good place to start my first blog is going through the main publications that surround my life:
The above are the current mass-media subscriptions that I currently hold all of which get delivered straight to my iPad. The last of which are via an app called Zinio – an ereader of sorts. Newsweek and SMH deliver a PDF of their print versions* while Nat Geo for iPad is a whole different experience to the print edition. Then there’s twitter…
As for non-news books, I am still big on hardcopy books especially with the whole free delivery thing from Book Depository. But where/what do I publish? I am a bit of a political centrist and serial #auspol-ite (funnily there’s nothing pol-ite about #auspol) on twitter. I have previously published political blogs and vlogs which are ‘no longer available’ to your average internet user.
Being the type of gadget guy that I am, it was inevitable that the iPad would become the one and only ‘magazine’ in my backpack. Also, I could not have ever imagined myself with a broadsheet Sydney Morning Herald and must admit I haven’t held a physical copy of the SMH many times in my life and in the absence of a digital copy I read the Daily
RagTelegraph which now that the Fairfax have transformed and downsized I hopefully will never have to touch again. Sorry, Uncle Rupert.
I used to be a big magazine man but my inner hippie stopped to think of all the ink and paper that went into a product which had no value after a day or two. Where would I be without the iPad as an invention? Samsung Galaxy Tab most probably. But, in all seriousness it’s quite amazing how this small device can hold the multitude the magazines I once carried around with me. I imagine you’re asking but why haven’t you adopted iBooks or e-readers like Kindle? Quite simply, there’s nothing quite like holding a book. And I don’t think books have that same disposability as a magazine or a newspaper.
In short, I have no qualms in saying that these changes to the publication industry are nothing short of revolutionary and should be embraced with open arms. I leave you with a video of the May 2012 ad for National Geographic Interactive Magazine which showcases it’s capabilities that far reach that of the printed edition.
*Of course, Newsweek is no longer available in print editions but it’s design has not been digitised in the slightest.