Paul Levinson’s book New New media is truly a pleasure to read!
I find his idea of new new media’s ability to grow continuously very interesting. Particularly, his comments about the easiness of “perfecting” one’s writing, from online posts to print books, are eye-opening.
New new media provide writers the opportunity to brainstorm freely while also go through a very elaborate and continuous process of considering carefully various stages of revision. The easiness of correcting one’s own work has two very important benefits:
1. Each writer is able to express his original thoughts without attempting to edit while typing. Thus each idea represents a close account of one’s thought process. The freedom of simply expressing a raw response in writing is priceless.
2. The stage of revision is given a new meaning. Each word written using an electronic medium is subject to change; therefore, the easier it is to apply any sort of modification to a written material, the better the end result will be (at least in theory).
Such dramatic change in writing is meant to take the reader into a flawless and “transparent” world in which each letter stands for a specific and clear idea. It is interesting to see from our own experience how many times we actually think of this “perfectibility” and how often we apply it to our work (?).
Margaret Maria Roidi