A Print Bloggers’ Bibliography

The following list of links might present an interesting window into Printeresting’s decision to shift away from regular blogging, and toward a more deliberate, project-based orientation.

In our seven years writing Printeresting, we learned a great deal about printed art, but we also learned something about online publishing. We’ve seen many changes in the way people consume the Internet, including a shift from a website-based model to a social model of content delivery. These broader changes in the culture of the Web have changed our relationship to our own blog.

The rise of social media and a shift away from desktop Web-browsing have had an impact on Mom-n-Pop Internet Shops like Printeresting. Unlike some of our professional blogger peers, we’re volunteers, and we never needed to worry about earning a living from dwindling ad revenues. Still, after some deliberation it occurred to us that the blog format may no longer be the best way for us to share our ideas.

Our background as printmakers has informed our perspective on these changes, because print people know something about the relationship between communication and communications technology. We know that a communications medium, no matter how archaic, need not become obsolete if we can only find a new purpose for it. And as such, we have turned our creative energy to a repurposing of our platform. What will we do with Printeresting.org? Stay tuned.

While the title of this post is A Print Bloggers’ Bibliography, most of the articles linked below are not at all specific to print. Recently, many writers have discussed the changing nature of the Web in the age of social media. Here at Printeresting we have followed this discussion closely. To be clear, we are not endorsing every idea contained within the sprawling list of links below; they are not of equal value and weight. However, we thought our readers might be interested in how this broader cultural conversation has informed our own decision to fundamentally change the nature of what Printeresting does.

In absolutely no particular order…

I want my Kik: MTV Embraces the ‘Post-Website’ Publishing Era by John McDermott
Amze’s response to this first link was, “somewhere in ‘post-website’/neo-portal internet age there is a joke about AOL having it right from the start.” The root of humor is truth.

Why I’ve Posted 27,000 Times to One Online Forum by Dylan Scott
While we can’t claim any particular allegiance to the forum model and the tone is certainly nostalgic, the author includes some interesting data and analysis about the new web environment.

Post-Internet Poetry Comes of Age by Kenneth Goldsmith
“Over the past few years, the art world has been throwing around the term “post-Internet” to describe the practices of artists who use the Web as the basis for their work but don’t make a big deal about it. For these artists, unlike those of previous generations, the Web is just another medium, like painting or sculpture. Their artworks move fluidly between spaces, appearing sometimes on a screen, other times in a gallery. A JPEG of a painting is often considered another version of a painting, and vice versa.”

Instructions Not Included: What the Vanishing Manual Says about Us by Mark Svenvold
An insightful read and of particular interest in the context of Manual, the publication we released last year.

Albrecht Dürer, Apocalyptic Self-Publishing Pioneer by Allison Meier
The Durer-as-Proto-Art-Entrepreneur story has become something of a boilerplate in recent years but…

Blogging by Jason Kottke
A link to more links.

The return of the remaindered links (sort of) by Jason Kottke
Where does the content come from…

Better Than Free by Kevin Kelly
“The internet is a copy machine.”

On Death and iPods: A Requiem by Matt Honan
A nostalgic examination of extinct technologies that may feel familiar.

Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter by Verne G. Kopytoff
The kids just don’t blog like they used to.

The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur by William Deresiewicz
“Among the most notable things about those Web sites that creators now all feel compelled to have is that they tend to present not only the work, not only the creator (which is interesting enough as a cultural fact), but also the creator’s life or lifestyle or process. The customer is being sold, or at least sold on or sold through, a vicarious experience of production.”

Why the Social Media Revolution Is About to Get a Little Less Awesome by Derek Thompson
“If we’re graduating from the “making delightful and cheap things” stage of the social media age to the “making money” stage, make no mistake: Things will get less delightful.”

Paul Chan on the “Golden Age” of Art Publishing by Noelle Bodick
“I am not at all sure what I achieve in my writing. I am pretty sure nothing much is achieved in the art. So there is definitely that difference. If I were to think about this more, it would probably lead me to the idea that the act of writing creates the illusion of a peculiar kind of clarity in thinking that I’m never looking for in making work.”

The Web That Can’t Wait by Rahel Aima
“Coupled with portion control, specialist apps, and productivity systems, the Slow Web ethos promises a healthier, happier, more self-satisfied life. Or to refashion Michael Pollan’s food rules: Read online. Not too much. Mostly #longform.”

the rebirth of slow blogging (and a new direction) by Erin Loechner
Design for Mankind slows down.

A Tight-Knit Community by Farhad Manjoo
An older story about a niche social network.

The End of Facebook by Jeff Hamada
Booooooom gives up on the social networking giant: “if Facebook still worked the way it did a couple years ago, it would be a tremendous tool for connecting with all of you.”

State of the Blog Union: How The Blogging World Has Changed by Grace Bonney
More than a year old but one of the more relevant reflections on the state of the evolving nature of blogging.

Every Publication Has Its ‘City’ by Adam Vaccaro
“But it is a useful paradigm for thinking about the readerships that publications serve.That is, every niche interest can be seen as a “city.” And every niche publisher, which puts most of its efforts into producing content that applies to said niche, is likely to publish some content that is only relevant because it’s also of interest to that readership.”

You Are Not a Switch  by Simon Reynolds
A piece on Slate about recreativity and the modern dismissal of genius.

Neuroscientific research, national study show print is not dead by Charlsie Dewey
“‘The tsunami of content that we are being hit with now is dehumanizing,’ Dejan said. ‘One of the things we talk about is the fact we feel compelled to try to stay abreast of all the content coming at us — email, social websites, etc. What has happened is, on a cultural level, we have retrained ourselves to become skimmers.’ He said that is in contrast to how our brains react when reading print. “When we read ink on paper, we literally do slow down. Neuroscientists have found our heart rate slows down, our blood pressure goes down. We really try to read all the words,’ he said. ‘One of the interesting dichotomies that has come out of it is, because we have become a culture of skimmers, the way we read has worked upstream to impact the way we write. When we write for print, we are storytellers. When we write for online or digital, we write in shorthand and bullet points. We actually write so people can skim.'”

The Eternal Return of Buzzfeed by Adrienne LaFrance and Robinson Meyer
This Atlantic piece compares content juggernaut Buzzfeed to earlier media disruptors: MTV, USA Today, and Time magazine. The more things change…

If you made it to the end of this list, you must be pretty invested in this conversation too. Please feel free to add any additional links in the comments. We’re always looking to add new content to our ever-growing reading list!

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One Response to “A Print Bloggers’ Bibliography”

  1. breanne says:

    Excellent list—thank you. Excited to see what’s next.