Original entry posted: Thu Nov 29 18:22:46 2007
Insisting that a book has to be on paper is like insisting that music has to be on vinyl, because without the feel of a record's grooves "it's just not the same experience." It was a silly point of view then, and it's a silly point of view now.
The problem I have with all this, though, is redundancy. Imagine what we lost when the ancient Library of Alexandria burned to the ground. Not everyone is going to move to digital delivery and it's simply paranoid to think that some fool with a computer virus or EMP is going to wipe out human knowledge. Nonetheless, I am concerned at how ephemeral our communication has become.
That's the whole point of digital distribution--indeed, that's the whole promise of the Internet: it eliminates the physical space that, while traditional, is also cumbersome and prone to interference by powerful actors.