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 Lovereading.co.uk 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?

Micaela

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