Pulp Magic: digital

APRIL 2, 2019
Is a Digital Backlash Coming?
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , ,

Have we reached a digital peak?  Are we at the point where the digital tide has swept away all before it and can go no further?  It feels that way when you look up from your phone in a crowded place and everyone else is looking down at theirs. And the growth of social media has decelerated mainly because there ...

JUNE 28, 2018
Choose Paper Time over Screen Time
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , ,

Is social media ruining our lives? People are beginning to think so. As a parent, I’m concerned when I see so many young people engaged on their phones and disengaged from the world around them. And it turns out, those kids are just as concerned as I am. According to a survey by Two Sides, a graphic communications industry group, ...

DECEMBER 10, 2015
Why Paper Persists
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , , ,

I came across a recent article (“Report: 84% of orgs see ROI from paper-free programs in under 18 months,” by Lisa Hoover McGreevy, 12/02/15) in the tech trade, “Fierce Content Management.” In the context of reporting on “paperless” workplaces it includes comments I gave to the Washington Post on the mission of the Paper and Packaging Board (P+PB). But readers ...

NOVEMBER 6, 2015
Parents’ Technology Crisis and the Reassurance of Paper
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , ,

In September’s issue of Southern Living, actress Reese Witherspoon talked to former first daughter turned reporter, Jenna Bush, about her new retail adventure called Draper James which, given Witherspoon’s penchant for writing thank you notes includes, among other things, stationery. When asked directly by Bush about whether Witherspoon’s children write thank you notes via text or letters, Witherspoon emphasizes written ...

JUNE 10, 2015
Printing in Three Dimensions Is New Old Technology
by Paper Check-off Tags: , , ,

While printing on paper has always been an art form in two dimensions, some visionaries have managed to print in three using the same paper, ink and presses as the rest of us. Author/artists such as Vojtěch Kubašta who published books with pop-up pages in Czechoslovakia pioneered a cutting and printing process that has delighted children as well as adults ...

JANUARY 27, 2015
Has the Demise of the Printed Book Been Exaggerated?
by Paper Check-off Tags: , ,

Mark Twain, one of the best selling authors in American history, once famously quipped “reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The same can be said for the printed book and traditional bookstores. According to Publishers Weekly, face-to-face book sales are staging a comeback. The trade magazine reports that sales of printed books sold through traditional outlets rose 2.4% last ...