In the ancient times, only the rich owned books. Usually the bookshelf consisted of one, sometimes a few precious grimoires.
Then came Gutenberg. And knowledge (and doubt) became more accessible.
Today the Gutenberg galaxy appears more and more to loose its touch with the digital era. As a graphic designer, I'm trained into getting things published on paper. Now I'm learning to become a webmaster and it's an entirely other trade. Some say the printed book has no future. Others - mainly a renaissance man like Umberto Eco- seem quite sure of the contrary. Eco even questions - a relevant question IMHO - whether the internet will still exist say 20 years from now on. And it's likely no, the internet won't exist - not like we know it today.
The jumping Jesus phenomenon as described by Robert Anton Wilson is now reaching a level where not only knowledge grows exponentially in all the domains of science and high-brow technology, but the tech gear is here in our house, quickly filling up layer after layers, and now the information technology is shapeshifting faster and faster.
I started studying social media for my job and quickly came to the conclusion that I simply cannot keep up with the evolution. The blogs and forums of the past quickly surrendered to Facebook, torrent and Twitter, there are thousands of ways to cook up a decent RSS, and now it's the era of Google Wave and Hexagon. The internet is constantly mutating.
And yet, people keep reading books.
Tomorrow digital ink will combine the texture of paper with the interactivity of the web. Provide an antenna in the cover, just link it up to web version 3,14 and there you have it, all the books in one. Write on the back with the stylus and it's a communicator. Watch movies. Record music. Whatever.
The bookshelf of the future might consist of just one book.
I just started on the new MLA course by Marc Pesce, "Share this course". A treasure map to digital media.
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