RNZ on Pacific/Books: Lani Wendt Young on how the digital era is changing writing and reading for the better

BY LANI WENDT YOUNG

Radio New Zealand, 2018

Lani Wendt Young Photo: Lani Wendt Young

EXCERPT: There is a great and spacious building standing tall on a hill looking out to the distant ocean. A castle. Its white walls are built high and strong; they hold back the tangle of forest that threatens to encroach on its territory. Its looming gates are impenetrable. They open only for those with the right credentials. Sentries atop its walls trumpet the promise of accolades, influence, and maybe even a fat royalties cheque for all who enter?

It has a tower with a beacon that shines through night and day. Its light beckons, promising safety, security and success. It says: ‘I know the way. I see what you can’t. I know what you don’t. Follow me and I will guide you.’ It’s an unregulated wilderness out there and nobody knows what they’re doing, but those within the castle walls know the way. They see what you can’t. They know what you don’t.

Or do they?

Go to the RNZ website for the full interview, full article and downloadable version https://www.rnz.co.nz/programmes/nz-book-council-lecture/story/2018716087/lani-wendt-young-on-how-the-digital-era-is-changing-writing-and-reading-for-the-better

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Ples Singsing is envisioned to be a new platform for Papua Niuginian expressions of creativity, ingenuity and originality in art and culture. We deliberately highlight these two very broad themes as they can encompass the diverse subjects, from technology, medicine and architecture to linguistics, music, fishing, gardening et cetera. Papua Niuginian ways of thinking, living, believing, communicating, dying and so on can cover the gamut of academic, journalistic or opinionated writing and we believe that unless we give ourselves a platform to talk about and discuss these things in an open, free and non-exclusively academic space that they may remain the fodder for academics, journalists and other types of writers alone. New social media platforms have given every individual a personal space to share their feelings and ideas openly, sometimes without immediate censure. The Ples Singsing writer’s blog would like to provide another more structured platform for Papua Niuginian expressions in written, visual and audio formats while also providing some regulation of the type and content of materials to be shared publicly.

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