If books are ‘under threat from new media’, then these new media are undoubtedly the Internet and ebooks. You get some great writing online, and in so called long-form too, but you stumble on these things while you’re doing something else, and your mind can’t possibly know what it’s missing, and whether it’s read a given percentage (or a balanced selection) of writing on a topic. (more…)
Off Book is an amazing series of videos I’ve just discovered from the US network PBS. The videos are short – about 7 minutes – and cover things like design, animation, culture, art etc.
I’ll definitely be watching more of them, but the one we’re interested in here is We ❤ Retro Media, where a string of people talk about why they love older, ‘obsolete’ analogue media for their entertainment, in preference to MP3s and digital downloads. Among those formats getting a loving mention are VHS, cassette, vinyl records and Super8 film. (more…)
All on Paper was a project at Florida Atlantic University, and it involved a handful of 20-something trainee journalists turning off their iMacs and getting out the typewriters, TippEx, and photo-developing chemicals. (more…)
So, an introduction is necessary. What is Unconvenient all about?
Getting closer to the action
The modern world is full of wonder: we have machines which can do almost anything for us, including wash our clothes, cook our food (then wash up), help us go to sleep, to wake up, to find our way around, put our singing in tune, create art, build our cars, make a cup of coffee, protect our homes, choose our books for us, measure our own blood-sugar levels… (more…)