There. I've said it. I hate revealing it for fear of losing credibility, but the truth is fairly simple: I'm a 22 year old blogger and have always had a computer. On the other hand, you are reading the blog of a forward-thinking online literary magazine; you, at least, might not immediately peg me as a Gen Y baby or a traitor to literature. Here, my childhood steeped in floppy disks might lend me some authority. After all, who better to investigate the role of technology in the world of letters than someone who neither remembers life without a computer nor deny her lifelong devotion to literature?
I hope that my work here at Fringe will reveal something more personal about the relationship between technology and the written word. How ready is the individual (and the independent company) to accept the increasingly costly deluge of technology as a tool for the advancement of publishing? How effective are the gadgets and tech trends in the lives of the literate and literary? And what demands on the publishing and technology industries will writers, editors, and readers voice to mold a literate future?
TJ's links to sites of note in his first post inspired me, so I'm including my own list addressing the state of the literate nation. You've doubtless heard the buzz around at least a few of these; feel free to add your own and fill in blanks.
- "Have We Reached the End of Book Publishing as We Know It," nymag.com
- "Literacy Debate - Online, R U Really Reading?," nytimes.com
- "Teenagers and the Internet: What's the matter with kids these days?," salon.com
- "Lazy Eyes: How We Read Online," slate.com
- "What is Web 2.0," oreilly.com
- "How is the Internet Changing Literary Style?," steamthing.com
- if:book, A Project of the Institute for the Future of the Book
- Teleread blog
- Alertbox, Jakob Nielsen's Newsletter on Web Usability