[Web4lib] Gutenberg Parenthesis
rballiot at gmail.com
Tue Nov 23 16:05:57 EST 2010
Ptolemy III had a standing order that visitors coming to Alexandria would
surrender written works so that copies could be made for the library. With
subsequent fires, permanence was not granted to those collections. But,
potential readership at least doubled.
Google has a standing order to accumulate books from wherever they might
obtain them so copies can be made for that digital library. It is
unclear what would lead to impermanence of those collections. Potential
readership is unlimited.
Kings and Dominant Corporations. Mobile Ships as vessels of information and
Libraries with Interlibrary Loan. Sanskrit and Hexidecimal. Ideas and
On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 3:37 PM, <IsisInform at aol.com> wrote:
> Thanks for sharing this article, Robert.
> In the opening to Section 2, the authors define clay tablets as books. If
> a clay tablet can be defined as a book, so can a single web page.
> Rather than the object, a more instructive view is the method. It is the
> method of inscription that leads to cultural change. Here writing itself
> is the primary invention beginning with handwritten communication (clay
> tablets through monastic bibles) and continuing to printed and then to
> Prior to handwriting, communication was oral and therefore unrecorded, its
> audience limited to those within the sound of a voice. Handwritten
> objects can be read more than once, so the invention of writing added
> and increased the audience. Printing allowed the production of identical
> written objects, again increasing the audience. The more there is to
> the more there are people who want to read and to write. So printing also
> led to literacy and increased the audience and the authors.
> Digital continues this process, increasing audience, increasing authors,
> and adding revisability. We insert our own thoughts as easily as we
> delete. More ephemeral than a clay tablet, the digital medium sacrifices
> permanence for the ability to change everything.
> Katherine Bertolucci
> Isis Information Services
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> In a message dated 11/22/2010 10:04:21 AM US Mountain Standard Time,
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> Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 13:34:07 -0500
> From: "Robert L. Balliot" <rballiot at oceanstatelibrarian.com>
> Subject: [Web4lib] Gutenberg Parenthesis
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> Excellent position paper on the culture of the book:
> Gutenberg Parenthesis
> Jeff Jarvis (author of What Would Google Do?) discusses this in the
> Huffington Post today in Who says our way is the right way?
> Robert L. Balliot
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