Sunday, August 30, 2009
Years ago a friend got an iPod, ripped all of his songs to mp3, then wanted to get rid of his large collection of compact discs he had amassed over the years, because they were just taking up space.
I understand what he means, but not having the actual cover with the images and liner notes just isn't the same. I hear people talk about book reading devices like the Kindle, and how they have piles of books they don't need any longer. The same has been said about keeping photographs and movies on their computer.
The idea of keeping such a spartan home would be nice when you are cleaning, or if you move a lot, but I like to hold these things in my hands. Besides, old books smell nice.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
In the book Jurassic Park Michael Crichton wrote "...We live in a world of frightful givens. It is given that you will behave like this, given that you will care about that. No one thinks about the givens. Isn't it amazing? In the information society, nobody thinks. We expected to banish paper, but we actually banished thought."
That line seemed to sum up everything we were experiencing in the early nineties.
In The Time Machine, H. G. Wells describes shiny discs that spoke while they spun around. There was a movie version in 1960 that showed shiny bracelets being twirled sideways on a table top. When compact discs came out in the eighties, I wondered if this was closer to what the writer described so long ago.