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Assignment 1B

After reading the articles I realized that I prefer reading the old fashioned way. Although technology has more advanced ways of reading an article or a book I prefer the printed paper. When reading online the screen light seems to tire my eyes out. I also tend to lose concentration and lose track of the line I was reading . The idea of scrolling up and down instead of turning pages doesn’t maximize my reading ability. The reason why reading an article or book online seems more interesting because you are able to use it on your everyday devices like your ipad, kindle, laptop, and even phone. They even give you the option on how to receive the information, it can be in auditory form. Instead of you reading it out loud or in your head the computer can read it to you. In reading the article “Papyrus to Pixels” I selected the auditory option. I had difficulty retaining the information because the voice was going faster than my mind was able to comprehend. When I read it for myself two times I was able to pay attention and focus on the article. Something that I read in the article that I found very interesting was the fact that a book called “De Offices” which was created in 44BC can be read online today. This just goes to show you how far technology as come and that it is only getting better. I must say though that I will be sticking to my paper books until I no longer have the choice.

The future of the book

The text I chose to read is an article in The Economist titled From Papyrus to Pixels, the article focuses primarily on the on going debate and arguments about the “future of the book.” I read a digital copy of the article online. I find that digital copies are easier to find and easier to get access to. However, if I am studying or taking notes I have to have a printed copy of the material in front of my eyes to further grasp what I am reading. If I just read an article on my phone or iPad I can’t remember the last two sentences. As opposed to a printed article where I can fold the page or highlight it myself with a traditional highlighter. It all depends on what I am reading. I love to read various fanfictions online. I normally dislike reading of any sort but I can spend hours reading good fan-fictions on my phone. In my case I am a bit contradicted on my views of printed text and digital text. The article emphasizes that many people are worried about what technology has and will continue to do for the future of books. We are in a digital age where some people may prefer to read traditional hard copy books, whilst others may just stream books on their devices. I agree with the following quote, “books are not just “tree flakes encased in dead cow”, as a scholar once wryly put it. They are a technology in their own right” (The Economist). I don’t think that books will ultimately disappear into thin air or that people will just do away with it. Books serve to be a prominent aspect of our history and there will always be someone who just prefers the smell of a new book or the feeling of turning a page.


Analysis on From Papyrus to Pixels

In spite of varied opinions on the future elimination of books in paper form as a result of technological advances like the eBook, the Economist illustrates books as a form of technology that has evolved over time with room for adaptability in “From papyrus to pixels: The future of the book.” In this neutral article, the Economist does not argue against the developments of new electronic book forms or the threat they pose to traditional books as many believe, but states “Books read in electronic form will boast the same power and some new ones to boot” as their paperback predecessors. Nor does the Economist insist on paperback versions of books being the best format for books.  The Economist paints a vivid picture of the emergence and evolution of the technology of the book by using Cicero’s “de Officiis,” as a prime example of how technological advances have changed over time and have even reserved ancient information.  Cicero’s “de Officiis,” has been around since 44BC and currently resides in the Huntington Library in San Marino, California after being transitioned into various formats throughout the years all because of the ever-changing technology of books.  The Economist explores the technology of the book itself rather than a source of information or pleasure dependent on its effectiveness from which it is formatted.

Question: Why do people feel like the advancement of electronic technology is such a threat to traditional books?