The Future of the Book / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- University of California Press
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.
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
IntroductionCarla Hesse, The Book in TimeJames J. O'Donnell, Trithemius, McLuhan, Cassiodorus: The Pragmatics of the NewPaul Duguid, Material Matters: The Past and Futurology of the BookGeoffrey Nunberg, Farewell to the Information AgeRègis Debray, Dematerialization and Desacralization: The Book as a Symbolic ObjectPatrick Bazin, Towards Meta-readingLuca Toschi, Hypertext and the Author: New Texts, Old RootsGeorge Landow, Twenty Minutes into the Future, or How Are We Moving beyond the Book?Raffaele Simone, The Body of the TextJay David Bolter, Ekphrasis, Virtual Reality, and the Future of WritingMichael Joyce, (Re)placing the Author: "A Book in the Ruins"Umberto Eco, Afterword