“Publish, then filter”

January 12th, 2009

Ross Hill wrote in an email to the Creative Skills Training Council that said, in part: “the web works on the “publish, then filter” model, not the “filter, then publish” model of traditional media.”

I once trained, and worked, as a journalist. This is so true of traditional media – so many filters to get through before something is published. Now as a blogger I’m revelling in the freedom that ‘publish then filter’ provides. You, the reader, can determine if my writing is worthwhile or not. And provide instant feedback via comments. And I can do what everyone needing to hone a skill needs to do – practice. You can read more about facilitation as a practice art here.


2 Comments so far

  1. Eva Schiffer on January 15, 2009 7:07 am

    Dear Viv,
    That’s an interesting thought and helps me to understand, why I find writing blog posts so much easier than writing research papers. But also why institutional blogs at for example a research organization can be so cumbersome and slow, because the typical researcher feels terribly out of his/her depth to put something out to a broader public without going through the well organized buffer process of peer-review. Blogging seems to work for a certain type of people (who might or might not publish their thoughts otherwise).

  2. Viv McWaters on January 15, 2009 7:13 pm

    Thanks Eva
    That’s an interesting perspective that I hadn’t considered – I guess the traditional filtering process that most scientific publications adhere to provides a safety net enabling both those who publish and those who read to have confidence in the content. From a science communications perspective I’d like to think there’s a place for both – so scientists can hone their communications skills and develop (maybe surprising) collaborations through blogging.

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