what the medium is FOR

Russ Hunt hunt at academic.stu.StThomasU.ca
Mon Mar 20 18:20:02 EST 1995


Mike Kenney says:

>The Internet was never intended to replace journals as a publishing medium.
>It's original purpose was *communication*.  Few papers are actually 
>published on the Internet but draft copies are passed around all the time.
>It is also the perfect medium for distributing experimental data.
	Well, yes, but there's no reason why it shouldn't be used as a 
publishing medium whatever might have been "intended" -- I wonder whether 
anyone ever intended that it be used for a discussion like this.  In some 
cases it already _is_ being used as a publishing medium: there are journals 
that offer electronic versions, and others coming online _as_ electronic 
journals.  Why not?  It's a hell of a lot more efficient than shipping all 
those blocks of unread paper around the world.  I don't see why the net 
shouldn't include space for both what I'm writing now and what I'll be 
sending off to, say, _Poetics_ or _Research in the Teaching of English_ next 
month. 
					-- Russ
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