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ERIC Number: EJ851053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Policy Publishing in Print and on the Web
Whitcomb, Robert
New England Journal of Higher Education, v24 n1 p24 Sum 2009
What happens to print publishing in the age of blogging? College students, faculty and staff swim for hours each day in the Internet, especially via search engines, the blogosphere and social-networking groups--perhaps more than do any other parts of society. Indeed, college campuses live on the Internet, however good or bad this may be for developing interpersonal skills and developed thought. These inventions may be causing massive attention-deficit disorder, but the genie is out of the bottle, and people must deal with it. Certainly, the New England Board of Higher Education must embrace this world. After all, readers in academia are probably the most "Interneted/World Wide Webbed" group of all. So print-on-paper's role will continue to decline. The speed, infinite space, immediate interactivity and cheapness of Internet publishing are huge competitive advantages against print-on-paper publishing. But there are drawbacks to the Internet for academic life. Much of the stuff is put on the web unedited and rife with extreme agendas and thoughtlessness. On the other hand, the very openness and fluidity of the Internet provide for quick correction of factual errors and the presentation of much-needed countervailing arguments in response to absurd positions. The virtually infinite expanse of space on the web also should be seen as a boon, in some ways, to scholars. Besides at-your-fingertips accessibility to global sources of information and analysis, it lets people consult experts directly to quickly try out ideas and then revise them. Using an old-fashioned library with books and periodicals on paper can be a more disciplined and orderly way to research than using the Internet. And reading and putting things on paper tends to encourage more intellectual rigor than using the attention-deficit-disordered computer world. Further, there's the likelihood that people reading information on paper retain it better than they do reading it on a screen. And it has repeatedly been shown that something printed on paper has more authority than that on a screen. Enthusiastic use of the Internet can only expand a journal's influence, but print won't go away. The two media play related but different roles, and "The New England Journal of Higher Education" ("NEJHE") must use both of them. In any case, while maintaining a printed presence, "NEJHE" should create a family of blogs, written by staffers, members of the editorial advisory board and others, to report on and comment on higher education developments in the region.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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