a guest article for the Wall St Journal, discussing the need for new forms of newspaper publishing to replace the old print paradigm. Another not-so-new paradigm, but one more suited to the networked computer age we live in today, is Vannevar Bush's 1945 pre-hypertext concept the Memex.Last week Google chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt wrote
Trailmeme includes a "collaboratively filtered" destination site, a bookmarklet and a toolbar for consumers, and a set of plug-ins compatible with WordPress and Media Wiki.
Xerox has created Trailmeme in the hope that it will be one solution to the decline of paper use and print publishing. The problem is, the Memex as a concept has been around for over 50 years and it has yet to catch on.
Nevertheless, just as Google is looking for ways to rejuvenate the publishing industry (see the Google Labs project mentioned by Schmidt in the WSJ, Google Fast Flip), Xerox is searching too.