The web has changed writing forever

Philip Greenspun, writing How the Web and the Weblog Have Changed Writing argues that prior to the WWW medium-length material had relatively little chance of being published. In the years from Gutenberg to about 1990, articles had to either be short enough to fit in a few magazine pages, or long enough to justify a book. Material that was in between, or too short for even magazines, was essentially uncirculated.

The advent of the weblog, additionally, has provided a medium where brief, yet relevant and audience-specific information can be effectively published and consumed. Q.E.D.

Posted: July 5, 2009 link to this item, Tweet this item, respond to this item