Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Well written article on e-reading...or how Dio foresaw technology's impact on culture in the 21st Century

In Matthew Shaer's essay "The e-bbok, the e-reader, and the future of reading" for the Christian Science Monitor, he quotes Maryanne Wolf, author of Proust and the Squid, who argues that with electronic readers and the twilight of the codex that, “[...] we will develop within the next generation a shorter, less-enriched [brain] circuitry for reading, and I don’t think I’m ultraconservative. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t read online.... I’m saying that we need to preserve what’s best about the present reading brain – preserve the beautiful function of books in our lives – as we move across mediums that will allow us ever greater access to information.”

Others say that both the e-book and the codex will co-exist for a very long be honest, I am uncertain. Who can really say? Yet Christopher Harris, a librarian and the creator of the blog says that as a librarian he has to "go where the information goes." I can agree with that. Plus, he gets all heavy metal: "But as with any disruptive technology, you’re either guided forward or you’re steamrolled. The only way to do it is to jump on the tiger and take control of it.” Didn't Ronnie James Dio say so much the same in 1987? Ahem, "Holy diver you've been down too long in the midnight sea oh what's becoming of me / Ride the tiger you can see his stripes but you know he's clean oh don't you see what I mean." Indeed we do, Ronnie.