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The Future of the Bookby Geoffrey Nunberg
Synopses & Reviews
The death of the book has been duly announced, and with it the end of brick-and-mortar libraries, traditional publishers, linear narrative, authorship, and disciplinarity, along with the emergence of a more equitable discursive order. These essays suggest that it won't be that simple. The digitization of discourse will not be effected without some wrenching social and cultural dislocations.
The contributors to this volume are enthusiastic about the possibilities created by digital technologies, instruments that many of them have played a role in developing and deploying. But they also see the new media raising serious critical issues that force us to reexamine basic notions about rhetoric, reading, and the nature of discourse itself.
Book News Annotation:
A dozen essays from a July 1994 conference at the University of San Marino argue that a total shift to electronic information media would trigger wrenching social and cultural dislocations. Among their perspectives are the pragmatics of the new, farewell to the information age, toward meta-reading, hypertext and authorship, and the body of the text. They avoid the usual fetish arguments such as curling up in bed or leather bindings and pipes. Novelist Umberto Eco provides an afterward. No index or word search.
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About the Author
Geoffrey Nunberg is a research scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and a professor of Linguistics at Stanford University.
Table of Contents
Geoffrey Nunberg, Introduction
Carla Hesse, The Book in Time
James J. O'Donnell, Trithemius, McLuhan, Cassiodorus: The Pragmatics of the New
Paul Duguid, Material Matters: The Past and Futurology of the Book
Geoffrey Nunberg, Farewell to the Information Age
Règis Debray, Dematerialization and Desacralization: The Book as a Symbolic Object
Patrick Bazin, Towards Meta-reading
Luca Toschi, Hypertext and the Author - New Texts, Old Roots
George Landow, Twenty Minutes into the Future, or How Are We Moving beyond the Book?
Raffaele Simone, The Body of the Text
Jay David Bolter, Ekphrasis, Virtual Reality, and the Future of Writing
Michael Joyce, (Re)placing the Author - "A Book in the Ruins"
Umberto Eco, Afterword
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