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Giovanni

"I don’t think that there is yet a driving, poetic sense to these new technologies."

This is quite brilliantly put. I do wonder however if wireless, global distribution will provide that. I think there is something more to the iPod than it's iconic fashion-status: the personal media player has changed the nature of our relationship with music quite profoundly; the Kindle, I'd argue more so than the personal computer, might be poised to achieve something similar. A tablet that can be endlessly reinscribed with all the content you own or are able to access, wherever you might be, might just become as natural, as it were, as the idea of a print library, perhaps more so. The reconfiguration of the kind of space where reading takes place and a library exists will likewise be significant, and constitute a move towards the intimate and the individual, away from the communal and collective. And isn’t that how genres like the novel and contemporary poetry already operate, isn’t it the kind of space they presuppose? So in a sense the Kindle could become the technology that our dominant poetics have been imagining for a number of centuries now, and offer a quite natural transition into a technology that is in fact more easily interiorised, able to seem more transparent (and at the same time conceal its ideology better).

I’ll stop there before I get even ramblier. Thank you for another great post. The first Edison quote is a killer.

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