Scrolling Foward : Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age

ISBN-10: 1559706481

ISBN-13: 9781559706483

Edition: 2001

Authors: David M. Levy

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Like Henry Petroski's The Pencil, Scrolling Forward takes a common, everyday object, the document, and illuminates what it reveals about us. We are surrounded daily by documents of all kinds, yet we rarely stop to reflect on their significance. In this period of digital transition, our written forms as well as reading and writing habits are being disturbed and transformed. Potentially unsettling questions arise: What is the future of the book? What will happen to libraries, education, literature, journalism? What does all this mean for me, my world? Levy masterfully navigates these concerns, offering reassurance while sharing his own excitement for the future. Placing documents in historical context, Scrolling Forward raises questions of value that can serve to light our way as we proceed in the digital world. Book jacket.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Arcade Publishing, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

David M. Levy is Associate Professor of Economics and Research Associate, Center for Study of Public Choice, George Mason University.

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
Introduction: The Universe Is Expandingp. 1
Meditation on a Receiptp. 7
What Are Documents?p. 21
Leaves of Grassp. 39
The Dark Side of Documentsp. 59
Reach Out and Touch Someonep. 78
Reading and Attentionp. 101
Libraries and the Anxiety of Orderp. 118
A Bit of Digital Historyp. 137
An Immense Effortp. 158
The Search for Stable Groundp. 180
Scrolling Forwardp. 195
Notesp. 203
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