Read this post for the sound of the words alone! The Late Age of Print and the Storm of Progress! I mean, it’s positively Tolkien-esque. Living through the sickly mutant collapse of industrial media? Lame. Living through the Late Age of Print? Awesome.
Great stuff all around from Matthew Battles. And this part is so slick:
The public sphere’s terms-of-service, the product of five hundred years of cultural contest, are a better deal than anything Facebook, Amazon, or Google Books has to offer. To keep them current in the digital age, as Richard suggests, we must turn around and face front.
“The public sphere’s terms-of-service.” Cool.
The only thing missing now is a comment from Tim Carmody, but maybe if we set the snare just so… and step back…
(Actually, I guess this was Tim’s comment, really. But now I wanna hear him talk Walter Benjamin.)