This week in our tutorials, we considered different means of publishing avenues and how such publishments affect social spaces among us.

My presentation was on macropublishing- whether work on a macropublishing platform is considered an actual form of publishment.

First, the definition of publishing must be considered. According to Nancy Breen’s Published is Published, anything is considered published work if it has been presented for public consumption. This includes

  • Published on a printed page
  • On the internet- where accessible to the public. Thus, this includes public sites such as Facebook. Removing a post doesn’t change that it has been published
  • Work read on the radio
  • Read/recorded n the internet. For example, youtube

However, Alison Prang, a journalist proposes an opposing viewpoint. Alison favours the Publishing (on Wikipedia) reading, where material is considered ‘published’ once undergone a process. This process involves, Acceptance and Negotiation, Pro-production stages, Printing, Binding, Distribution. The only form of editing in terms of Tweets on Twitter involves the 140 character limit.


What I found most interesting within these presentations was the experience of reading a book.

Yumi mentioned evidence that the attention span of reading a paper book was greater than an e-book. Sensory triggers are sparked when reading a book. Such triggers include the touch of turning pages and smell triggers including grass, acidity and vanilla. Such senses can be found when learning with a textbook. Textbooks encourage interaction- through interacting with images, layout and colours within a page, you are able to find a page quicker. As Will Durant states in the reading ‘Defining the initial shift: some features of print culture’ in The Printing Press as an agent of change”  publishing through text has formed a “typographical and communications revolution.” 

Tash further describes the experience of reading a book as a progressive and achievement cycle. It gives us a sense of succession and wanting to share. Creighton University favours this,

A book is a place to commiserate with the struggles of past generations, an empathetic expression of the human condition, an integration of the world relationship. The secret to this though, lies in the book and not on the screen.”