New Media Transformation
By user12601629 on Jul 11, 2007
A couple of weeks ago I posted what has surprisingly become one of my most infamous blog postings. Go Ahead! Put Yourself on YouTube struck up a major discussion in the Sun technical publications community on the nature of documentation in the new millennium -- a discussion which is continuing in several other forums inside Sun still. In fact Paul Davies invited me to come discuss this at Sun's Editorial Forum next week (which I'm really excited about, BTW).
I just got done investing the longest period ever in reading a blog posting. Jonathan's blog from this morning embedded two videos from a recent conference at which he presented. I spent about 90 minutes watching both in their entirety. In both of these videos (one is an interview, and the other is a panel discussion) Jonathan and others discuss the tranformative roll of new web technologies on traditional media companies. They're great videos, and I think they're directly relevant to the discussion we've been having about documentation. In many ways the challenges faced by media (magazines, TV and radio) are similar to those faced by documentation (books, manuals, API docs). It's a big investment, but I'd suggest it's really worth the time to give them a viewing.