Taken from an assignment for the Text and Digital Media course at Jacobs University Bremen (Germany).
Modern technology, perhaps unsurprisingly, is a knife with two edges. This paradigm can be observed in all fields – i.e. in the nuclear energy vs. nuclear bomb correlation. An obvious example indeed, but it still demonstrates the clear dangers that lie in the implementations of new developments. In this current review article the issue of technology in changing the very notion of text will be explored – a comprehensive summary of the current view on the interphase between the scientific (engineering) and humanities (social) aspects of text. As a case study the rise of ebooks and the battle between paper newspapers and digital media sources are chosen.
These days science is in the news. Scientific information is no longer inaccessible to the major part of the society. It is no longer the privilege of a select few who have the background knowledge to absorb the information provided. Of course, the Internet played (and still plays) a major role in this [natural?] process. Sites such as Wikipedia have truly liberated knowledge and made it available to the general public. As it’s true for the most things in life, this might be a sword with two edges. Read the rest of this entry »