Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age / Edition 1

Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age / Edition 1

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by David M. Levy
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559706481

ISBN-13: 2901559706482

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: Arcade Publishing

Like Henry Petroski's The Pencil, Scrolling Forward takes a common, everyday object, the document, and illuminates what it reveals about us--our work, our culture, our relationships--both in the past and as we move into the digital age.

We are surrounded daily by documents of all kinds--letters and credit card receipts, business memos and books, television images

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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--our work, our culture, our relationships--both in the past and as we move into the digital age.

We are surrounded daily by documents of all kinds--letters and credit card receipts, business memos and books, television images and web pages--yet we rarely stop to reflect on their significance. Now, in this period of digital transition, our written forms as well as our reading and writing habits are being disturbed and transformed by new technologies and practices. Potentially unsettling questions arise: What is the future of the book? With the Internet, what will happen to libraries, copyright, education? What will become of literature and journalism?

An expert on information and written forms, and a former researcher for the document pioneer Xerox, Levy masterfully navigates these concerns, offering reassurance while sharing his own excitement about many of the new kinds of documents that are emerging. He demonstrates how today's technologies, particularly the personal computer and the World Wide Web, are having analogous effects to past inventions, such as paper, the printing press, writing implements, and typewriters, in shaping how we use documents and the forms those documents take. Placing documents in historical context Scrolling Forward lets us see the continuity between the written forms of today and those of the past, while exploring their differences. More than this, in disclosing the way documents work as ""talking things,"" bearers of culture, and invaluable aids in our fundamental human impulse to construct a world where order, knowledge, and community prevail, it raises questions of value that can serve to illuminate our way as we proceed in the digital world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901559706482
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Universe Is Expanding1
1Meditation on a Receipt7
2What Are Documents?21
3Leaves of Grass39
4The Dark Side of Documents59
5Reach Out and Touch Someone78
6Reading and Attention101
7Libraries and the Anxiety of Order118
8A Bit of Digital History137
9An Immense Effort158
10The Search for Stable Ground180
11Scrolling Forward195
Notes203

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