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Wed, Jan. 6th, 2010 02:48 pm
Post-internet print-and-paper

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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 6th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)

'Paper is doomed.'

Haha,
i just watched Fahrenheit 451 (a weirdly awkward film) and immediately afterward saw this.

Of course here its not 'books' that are doomed, only papery media things- Or is it?
I wonder how electronic distribution and presentation will affect the next ten years of books. I don't think i'd want to read a 600 page novel electronically yet.

I have vague visions of books becoming more like wikipedia articles, or shorter, or serial blog posts. I seem to remember a 'future of the book' conference though at which momus defended the tangible pulpy papyrus against the admitted squalor of ugly horrid project Guttenberg type ebooks (i must add i recently discovered the minor joys of making my own PDF editions). Won't (or shouldn't?) the content have some relationship with, some effect on, its medium?


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Jan. 7th, 2010 09:19 am (UTC)

If Momus is right then literature will become as everything has become in this world - it will be produced and consumed by people who don't give a shit about it. The people who do give a shit will be marginalised and silenced.


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