Phil Graham on 27 Sep 2000 13:14:27 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> books and cdroms

I forget his name, but an Australian systems theorist and educator 
commented that our eyes had evolved to see reflected rather than projected 
light. Whether or not CMI is easily stored and copied is not necessarily 
the issue. Rather, it could be the problem of staring into what is 
essentially a fairly bright light source that will make books a fairly 
stable fixture in the near future. My laptop is easier to put up with than 
the great big fluoro screen I have, but it's still throws out enough light 
to see my way around the room, and I'm fairly short-sighted (and getting 
shorter-sighted all the time). Even experimental electric paper is based on 
what McLuhan called "light through" interfaces. Paper consumption, 
world-wide, has doubled in the past ten years -- cf the paperless office, 
etc. The flow of paper over my desk from bureaucrats, and the flood of 
books and journals on just about any topic I can think of, certainly seems 
to be on the increase.

Phil -- eyeless in Gaza


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