Libraries & Archives

Libraries & Archives

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Case for the Book

"Just published by FMR in Bologna is an, as it were, ground-breaking volume on Michelangelo. Its cover is real marble and shows in miniature the Madonna della Scala, a bas-relief from the Casa Buonarotti.

With original photographs by Aurelio Amendola, Michelangelo: La dotta mano (Michelangelo: The learned hand) is guaranteed for 500 years, weighs 21kg and costs $155,000 (£87,000)."

And that's just one of many interesting tidbits from "Beautiful, Perfect, Supreme Chunk of Paper" as Peter Crawshaw from writes, reported in BBC World News America Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

I especially like his note that new media do not replace but merely come alongside longstanding media. TV hasn't replaced radio, e-books don't replace books. Here's his elegant expression of this concept:

"No new communications technology has ever wholly replaced its predecessor. Handwriting did not replace speech, wood-block print did not replace handwriting. Radio did not succeed print. Television lives side-by-side with radio. And so on.

What happens is that any new medium changes our perceptions of existing media and we adjust our behaviour and taste to fit."

I suspect the same is true in other areas beside communications technology - teaching? transportation?


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