There's a web site for everything

Sunday, July 09, 2006

9 comments:

David Thomson said...

This website devoted to shoe laces is a reminder why-jack-of- all-trades-and-master-of-none-journalism is disappearing. Only specialists in sports, politics, economics, or other areas of expertise will survive. Why should I waste time enduring the efforts of a newspaper writer who barely invested a few hours learning about a particular subject?

Seneca the Younger said...

Either that, or people who come to it with the attitude "I don't know about it, but I bet other people have the same questions I would." What I suspect will be death will be the attitude that the writer is a member of an elite whose opinion is Important.

Ed onWestSlope said...

I came across this site a few years ago. Most of us can be very experienced and possibly an expert in something AND pass that knowledge on. The internet is enormously better than my small town library. Or the big town library. Or the tech library at CSM. Welcome to progess.

However, A real book is easier to read --- and more pleasant. I can not imagine myself, as a 12 year old, reading Beau Gest on this screen.

Syl said...

"I don't know about it, but I bet other people have the same questions I would."

Yes, what I see is curiosity replaced with a reliance on quotes from selected opiners (and leakers).

Syl said...

ed

Don't worry. Nobody will be reading Beau Gest on this screen until the technology actually makes it comfortable. I think that's a ways off yet.

Seneca the Younger said...

Closer than you might think, Syl.

But it ends up looking more like paper than a screen.

Syl said...

StY

It's gotta be lightweight and cheap to purchase and maintain too. And that includes getting the content.

And still in a blackout, a shake-me-to-keep-me-going flashlight and a real book win.

I'm lookin' forward to it, but I'm not holding my breath. I'm getting older by the minute and by the time they're cheap and ubiquitous enough I may not be around. But who knows.

chuck said...

But it ends up looking more like paper than a screen.

And I bet it is really slooow paper at low temperatures. Heck, even LCD's are sloooow at low temperatures. Ever watch a cheap plastic watch at 40 below? Don't drop it though, the "crystal" will shatter.

Old technologies have their place. Books are more likely to survive the fall of civilization than DVD's.

Syl said...

Books are more likely to survive the fall of civilization than DVD's.

No kidding.

How long did the 5 1/4" floppies last?

How long has it been since we could even purchase something to read one of those things?

Data isn't data. Even with the internet. It needs something to format it and something to transmit it and something to 'read' it.

It's the formatted storage and reading that's the constantly changing factor.