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Re: Final Bookways issue

But it is elitist. Still today only 50% of people in the world have
access to the telephone. We know that there will be limited computer
availability. I prefer the low tech because it has more potential for
more people, apart from all the hazards connected to the workers in the
computer industry. I'm also worried about what virtual reality is doing
to reality.

On Wed, 1 Nov 1995, Richard Minsky wrote:

> On Oct 31, 1995 21:31:59, 'Joel Spector <FarrowSt@AOL.COM>' wrote:
> >Low tech is more durable, more survivable, more portable, cheaper to
> produce and
> >easier to replace,
> Welcome Luddite brother. But the above is untrue. You can stamp out a CD
> for a buck or less. Publishing on the web is as cheap as it gets. Maybe
> newsprint is as cheap as a CD, but not as durable. The web makes it
> available anywhere anytime, which is very portable (the new pda's grab it
> from the air wirelessly), and by disseminating it widely and quickly makes
> it harder to censor, an important factor in survivability in a world with a
> history of book burnings. And if you've ever tried to get an out of print
> book you wouldn't say it was easy to replace. I like being able to download
> another copy right now.
> Yes, it does require a device which is separate from the information-- I
> agree that's a major issue. And it doesn't feel as good in your lap.
> But in the very near future multimedia standards will be implemented for
> real time web transmission, and we will begin seeing the next generation of
> typographic advances (like the ones presented at the American Printing
> History Association conference last year from the last decade at MediaLab).
> I think that once we get used to following multidimensional transparent
> planes of words, where we can watch threads of ideas diverge and see them
> branching off, floating in space, there will be a change the human thought
> process and in the way literature is written. Books as we know them may be
> unable to keep up with these developments. Terry Belanger has the right
> idea.
> --
> Richard Minsky
> http://www.avsi.com/minsky/

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