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Bye Bye to Books?

The two readings by J.D. Bolter, from his book Writing Space: Computers, Hypertext, and the Remediation of Print,  allowed me to further understand the transition from print to the digital age, which benefits me greatly because this is the topic I chose to write about for Dr. Tweedie’s Big Assignment in my Intro to Writing Arts class at Rowan University. Both of these chapters have allowed me to further support my thesis in that paper, that the concept of reading has changed with every new technology and will continue to change. As we have already learned from the previous modules of the Intro to Writing Arts class, people always argue against the newest technology, but what really stuck out to me was when Bolter stated “ printing did displace handwriting, in the sense that the printed book became the most highly valued form of writing.” (2). He goes on to explain later that the same thing has happened between printing and technology, “Both as authors and as readers, we still regard books and journals as the place to locate our most prestigious texts” (3) but the shift from print to the computer is still happening at a rapid pace.

I enjoyed reading these pieces by Bolter because it put into words exactly how I feel about the change between print and technology. There change is inevitable, and maybe printed text will still exist in my lifetime, but I truly believe one day it won’t. I also truly believe that is okay. Reading and writing has continuously adjusted with every new technology, so there is no reason that should not continue. In fact, writing itself was once considered a technology. Plato

himself described the alphabet as a “techne” which is the greek root of technology (Bolter 15).

jban37lThe part of this reading that I found most interesting was when Bolter started to discuss the idea of writing being “virtual.” When I think of something being virtual, I immediately think of something that has to do with computers and the internet. However, Bolter states that, “ electronic writing may also be virtual, yet all previous writing technologies were virtual as well” (18).  I liked this thought because I feel that it further supports the transition from printed text to digital text is a natural transition for writing and should be a natural transition for humans.

My favorite quote from both of these chapters is when Bolter says, “Digital media are refashioning the printed book” (3). I believe that this quote sums up what I have read in these chapters. Digital media is changing how we read, how we produce written work, how we layout out written work, and many other aspects that relate to writing and reading.



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