Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Guardian praises paper

A Guardian editorial today praises paper and pours scorn on the idea of a paperless office.

However there is one concession from a bookish view of the world. Although it is claimed that "the combination of electronic databases and cheap and powerful printers, scanners and copiers has meant that today's offices and desks are covered in blizzards of the stuff", it is also stated that "paper's status has been downgraded in the process."

My guess is that the same is true of newspapers and online information such as news. Paper will never go away but communication involves a combination of media. The term "blended learning" instead of e-learning is a useful precedent for working out how paper fits with new media. The Guardian may have thought about this more than is obvious from the printed version.


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