This is not a paper

You Sturdee Reviewers Players Miriam Me Lindley Joseph Hayley Green Friends David Alter

December 2020


This is like an abstract to a paper, but it is more abstract. In fact, it is the introduction to something which is a not paper. The global Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 represented an inflection point for our post-post-modern world, a moment where our old normal was dramatically arrested. We are now in a state of comprehensive flux as ‘new normals’ emerge, begin to solidify, and may evolve into an—as yet undetermined—futures. This not paper is a facet and exploration of that flux as it relates to publication and conference culture, video conferencing systems, and how we both conduct, and share, research. You should read the whole of this abstract, but then you should take a step inside the not paper, it lives on the web over here, (NOTE, you probably need to use a Chrome or Firefox based browser, mobile platforms have beta support).

1   A Little More Information

This is not a paper is a submission to the alt.chi section of the CHI 2021 conference. It is an experiment in alternative publication formats, eggs, Gather Town… and other things. To access it, please visit this link:

2   A Video Walkthrough

Here is a video walkthrough of This is not a paper. This is here just in case you cannot This is not a paper directly, whilst not quite the same we hope the essence of our point will be conveyed through the video.

3   What?!

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