2 thoughts on “The Ontario e-mail deletion scandal (part 3) – The Microsoft Exchange server

  1. Hello James,

    Enjoying your posts, as ever! In addition to benefiting from the excellent content, I’m interested in your experiment with? move towards? a more full-on visual style of communication. I’ve come across a few examples recently of visual and visual/textual hybrid forms for communicating ‘serious’ content, most notably Nick Sousanis’ graphic PhD dissertation (http://spinweaveandcut.blogspot.com) and Marc Ngui’s purely visual translation of Deleuze and Guattari’s ‘A Thousand Plateaus’ (http://athousandplateaus-drawings.tumblr.com)—probably both long known to you but I’m just catching up here.

    While illustration has always been an element of scholarly and professional communication, we now seem to have reached a level of sophistication and visual literacy that enables the presentation of lengthy and complex works in ways that make written text at most an equal partner and at times a barely registered presence: this is exciting from a cognitive as well as an aesthetic perspective, as extending the range of how things can be said also extends the range of what things can be said.

    It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on this sometime, since you are actually surfing this particular sea rather than watching from the beach. Who knows, the world may be ready for the first records management graphic novel!

    Best regards,

    1. Hi Rachel

      Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment.

      I have just been looking at the blogs that you linked to – both are amazing – I hadn’t come across them before. I guess if someone can write a phD in comic form then you can do anything with the form!

      I didn’t intend the cartooning to replace the writing – but it seems to have taken over for the past month! I have about six half written blogposts that I have put on hold for a bit.

      It has been refreshing for me to do the cartoons – It takes me just as long to do as to a written blogpost but it is much quicker for people to read and take in. I guess that is what can make images powerful if/when we get it right.

      It is an experiment yes -I won’t be able to judge it until I finish the Ontario story – there is a lot of twists and turns in the story I still have to draw. I guess what I am hoping is that I learn as I go along and it makes me able to attempt more in the future.

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