More on genres…

The term “white paper” came up today during today’s UF talk by the journalist Cynthia Barnett about her new book, Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis. Barnett had originally written this white paper for the Collins Center of Public Policy (now bankrupt) in order to sponsor her research trip to Australia and Singapore to write the said book. I talked to her after the presentation and she mentioned that this paper is a lot more informal than public policy documents (and more accessible to the public) and that she likes to think of it as “blue paper.”  I thought it was interesting how “white paper,” as a genre, was re-imagined and used not only in a certain type of barter, but as a way to bring about social change for the so-called “greater public good.”

Here’s a copy of the paper if you’re interested:

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