People of the Book

Nicholas Carr’s latest ponders the life of the book as it moves into its online incarnation.

I appreciate, as a observant Jew, that no matter how deep technology gets into our lives, there will always be one day a week where we will turn off the phones and the computers, get out of the cars, turn off the Kindle, power down the bionic retinal enhancers, and appreciate the simple world.  Barring major unrest, I’ll always have books on my shelves.

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  1. it’s more than just one day a week — it means you will be able to understand not only books, but the metaphor that books embody, it means you have one more interface to information than everyone else.

    people generally forget that just as the book is waning, the scroll vanished hundreds of years ago, yet we still use them and understand what a scroll means to information transmission, etc etc.

    with each metaphor or each transition, you gain something and you lose something. When we transitioned to books it became more feasible to jump around a text, until then you needed to start at the beginning and follow through to the end, it just wasn’t pragmatic otherwise.

    the transition from books to web means keeping different information in one’s head and on the page. but soon people won’t even know that.

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