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Sven Birkerts : The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age
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Author: Sven Birkerts
Title: The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age
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Published in: English
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Date: 1994-12
ISBN: 057119849X
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Weight: 0.6 pounds
Size: 6.0 x 9.0 x 0.5 inches
Edition: First Edition
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Discussing in personal and cultural terms the values of reading, and examining what may be lost as society turns towards CD-ROM, hypertext and audio books, the critic Sven Birkerts, whose essays and reviews have appeared in "The New York Times Book Review", "The Atlantic" and "Harper's", offers a defence of the place of reading and the printed word in the face of rapid technological advances. He argues that we are living in a state of intellectual emergency - an emergency caused by our willingness to embrace new technologies at the expense of the printed word. As we rush to get on-line, as we make the transition from book to screen, we are turning against some of the core premises of humanization. The printed page and the circuit-driven information technologies are not related - for Birkerts they represent fundamentally opposed forces, and in their inevitable confrontation our deepest values will be tested.


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What hath the inexpensive personal computer, the portable cassette player, and the CD-ROM wrought? Are books as we know them dead? And does--or should--it matter if they are? Birkerts, a renowned critic, examines the practice of reading with an eye to what the future will bring.

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