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Edition: 1st Edition.
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Manufacturer: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2006-11-14
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: 2006-11-14
Studio: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
A reissue of the book that first examined the future of reading and literature in the electronic age, now with a new introduction and Afterword
In our zeal to embrace the wonders of the electronic age, are we sacrificing our literary culture? Renowned critic Sven Birkerts believes the answer is an alarming yes. In The Gutenberg Elegies, he explores the impact of technology on the experience of reading. Drawing on his own passionate, lifelong love of books, Birkerts examines how literature intimately shapes and nourishes the inner life. What does it mean to "hear" a book on audiotape or decipher its words in electronic form on a laptop screen? Can the world created by Henry James exist in an era defined by the work of Bill Gates? Are books as we know them―volumes printed in ink on paper, with pages to be turned as the reading of each page is completed―dead?
At once a celebration of the complex pleasures of reading and a bold challenge to the information technologies of today and tomorrow, The Gutenberg Elegies is an essential volume for anyone who cares about the past and the future of books.
• Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age
• Megatech: Technology in 2050
• The Medium is the Massage
• Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
• The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
• The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
• Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology
• You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto
• Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
• Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing