'Book 2.0': Is the Codex Obsolete? Argumentative Essay by sinkopayshun

Looks at whether the Internet and electronic reading will make printed books obsolete.
# 152362 | 2,865 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2011 | CA

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This paper explains that four conditions generally have accompanied many of the major shifts in book production and in reading. Next, the author argues that book production always has been moving away from rarity and towards commonness, that a 'book' can consist of more than just words on a page, that democratization of information only can continue to grow if society moves towards digitization and that therefore there will continue to be a shift in the nature of knowledge and of reading itself. However, the paper contends the issues of 'net neutrality', which is the concept that all content on the Internet should be available to everyone all the time, and of government-enforced censorship or outright removal of nodes of internet communication can result either in the resurrection or in the final death of the codex. Footnotes are included.

From the Paper:

"Fast-forward to today, when most 'published' content never gets anywhere near paper or ink. My ability to write HTML and CSS (two programming codes for websites) as well as my ability to use Adobe's Creative Suite means that I can build aesthetically-pleasing websites, blogs, posters, flyers, etc. in a fraction of the time it would have taken the monks or Gutenberg (or any of Gutenberg's pre-computing descendants). For those who want to be heard but don't have the inclination to learn these pieces of software, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Tumblr [sic] (the list goes on and on and on) give a user the ability to publish as often as s/he would like, on either the most profound or most inane topics s/he would like.
"Not only that, but one 'copy' can be reproduced an infinite number of times for an infinite number of readers, and for absolutely nothing (if you don't factor in the cost of owning a computer, internet access, or server space, that is). If I publish something on the web, I only need to upload the file once, and after that, it doesn't matter if it gets fifty billion views: the quality never degrades."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bauerlein, Mark. "Online Literacy is a Lesser Kind." The Chronicle Review, September 19, 2008, http://chronicle.com/weekly/v55/i04/04601001.htm (accessed December 3, 2011).
  • The British Library Board. "Sacred Texts: Lindisfarne Gospels." The British Library. http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/lindisfarne.html (accessed December 3, 2011).
  • Chappell, Warren, and Robert Bringhurst. A Short History of the Printed Word. Vancouver: Hartley & Marks Publishers, 1999.
  • Darnton, Robert. "What is the History of Books?" In The Book History Reader, 2nd edition, edited by David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery, 9-26. London: Routledge, 2006.
  • Dresang, Eliza. Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age. New York: HW Wilson & Co., 1999.

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