This, just in...
Johannes Gutenberg lives on, in name at least. His place in the next few hundred years of history commemorated by Project Gutenberg, the online resource that aims to digitise and curate important literature and provide it online, free in a simple format. Its guiding tenet is "Replicator Technology". The concept of Replicator Technology is simple; once a book or any other item (including pictures, sounds, and even 3-D items) is stored in a computer, then any number of copies can and will be available. Easy peasy to understand now of course, but way back In 1971 it sounded like Voodoo.
One of my readers has started collecting woodblock type. Not long ago it was being thrown in skips. This is a shame, for, not only does it turn the making of mass media into a highly tactile experience, if, for some reason they turn the internet off, we may just need those lost skills.
Posted by Wrinkled Weasel on Thursday, February 03, 2011