Schnapp , Jeffrey, et al (2012) The Electric Information Age Book: McLuhan/Agel/Fiore and the Experimental Paperback, America,Inventory Books
“Winterhouse is a design studio, a print publisher of literature, and an online publisher of the various aggregated websites under the DesignObserver.com banner. Winterhouse published The National Security Strategy of the United Sates of America in 2002. Its text was the official policy report issued by the administration of President George W. Bush outlining a dramatic shift in American foreign policy – the codification of the Bush doctrine. By reprinting and circulating this document in a wider space, freeing it from the governmental archives and media interpretations of its content, Winterhouse sought to stimulate public discourse on the subject. This subtle but radical gesture attempted to reconnect with traditional ideals of a free press as vital agent in civic democracy.” (Schnapp 2012, p. 224)
But releasing and print a official policy report can we release it access from governmental control and stimulate more public discourse.
Amid heightened anxieties about the continued viability of the printed book, producers could do well to make use of the technology’s latent potentials, embracing the book’s intrinsic strengths as a site for synthesis and surprise, for materializing the dematerialized, and for distributing vital ideas beyond the bounds of the digital divide. p 11
Throughout the late ’605 and early ’70s the concept of what a book is was morphing to conform to many stim- uli. Paperbacks, once a second or third bastard cousin to the hardcover, were now accepted as a legitimate venue for serious literature and scholarship. It was also an eco- nomical way to produce books. That it became an art/ design venue for a brief time opened up the publishing world to many more possibilities. p 22