Books in the Digital Age: The Future of Writing Dr Mark Bahnisch Creative Industries Faculty, QUT; School of Humanities, G...
The future of the book <ul><li>“ All appearances to the contrary, this death of the book undoubtedly announces (and in a c...
The issue/s <ul><li>Writing beyond the book and beyond print </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the relationship between techno...
Technologies and techno-politics of writing <ul><li>Technologies and social practices – the telephone in 19 th  century Lo...
Digital cultures; digital natives? <ul><li>What are digital cultures? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there ‘digital natives’? No… <...
The cultural economics of writing and publishing <ul><li>One to many v. many to many </li></ul><ul><li>Barriers to entry <...
Futures <ul><li>“Information wants to be free” </li></ul><ul><li>Issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What happens to the literar...
Discussion! <ul><li>Questions, comments, criticisms </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>
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A talk I'm giving for the Queensland Writers Centre in their Wordpool series of public lectures. Kelvin Grove Campus, Queensland University of Technology, 11 August 2009.

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Books in the Digital Age: The Future of Writing

  1. 1. Books in the Digital Age: The Future of Writing Dr Mark Bahnisch Creative Industries Faculty, QUT; School of Humanities, Griffith; Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development 11 August 2009 Queensland Writers Centre Wordpool
  2. 2. The future of the book <ul><li>“ All appearances to the contrary, this death of the book undoubtedly announces (and in a certain sense has always announced) nothing but a death of speech (of a so-called full speech) and a new mutation in the history of writing, in history as writing. Announces it at a distance of a few centuries. It is on that scale that we must reckon it here.” – Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology </li></ul>
  3. 3. The issue/s <ul><li>Writing beyond the book and beyond print </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the relationship between technologies and practices? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Textualities and technologies of writing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are we all writers now? In a digital culture? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The cultural economics of writing and publishing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Futures of information and journalism; disseminations </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Technologies and techno-politics of writing <ul><li>Technologies and social practices – the telephone in 19 th century London </li></ul><ul><li>The book is a technology </li></ul><ul><li>“ We have never been modern” – democratisation, ownership and canons </li></ul><ul><li>The sacrality of the text; or breaking open the text </li></ul><ul><li>The function of the reader and the writer </li></ul>
  5. 5. Digital cultures; digital natives? <ul><li>What are digital cultures? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there ‘digital natives’? No… </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Active readers’ (Landow 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Reinscription and the hyperlink society </li></ul><ul><li>Is a ‘conversation’ the best way of modelling this? No… </li></ul><ul><li>Digital and vernacular literacies </li></ul><ul><li>Everything new is also old </li></ul><ul><li>We are all Facebookers now </li></ul>
  6. 6. The cultural economics of writing and publishing <ul><li>One to many v. many to many </li></ul><ul><li>Barriers to entry </li></ul><ul><li>Dedifferentiation – the end of the professional writer? </li></ul><ul><li>Disseminations, communities and multiple publics rather than a digital public sphere </li></ul>
  7. 7. Futures <ul><li>“Information wants to be free” </li></ul><ul><li>Issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What happens to the literary? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What happens to the shaping of narratives? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where did linearity go? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitorial or active publics? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The self as self-authored </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Discussion! <ul><li>Questions, comments, criticisms </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>
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