Yay, cultural upheaval!

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Bob Stein's cavalier talk-through of the early history of e-publishing is simply fascinating. Especially Stein's closing point that how we use the tools available for learning will color the future of the book, and as a result, our culture. In many ways, the future of our culture depends upon the continued collaboration between young and old, seasoned and novice, dystopian and utopian in order to foresee upheaval while also innovating with youthful--sometimes reckless--abandon.

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"the tools available for learning"

Jesse!

I agree with you on all points: the fact that the book will develop according to how we use the tools surrounding it, the fact that we might be using it in reckless abandon. I think it's interesting that we don't even know how to use the "tools available for learning [that] will color the future of the book." I think because we still haven't learned what the potential of these tools are, we're probably still have one-dimensional concept of what's possible--not that I think books need to soar into some new arena, and become crazy, multimedia devices that cause the traditional books to go extinct. But maybe with the tools that we have, we can create an entirely new arena, a new playing field where totally new things can be done thanks to what all's possible with e-book software. It would be cool if someone in our class could come up with something that innovative.

P.S.

Maybe, after that last comment, I am the youth thinking of ideas "with reckless abandon," of whom you speak.

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The past to the present

Oh, I like this "reckless abandonment" concept. I also feel that sometimes are largest struggle in innovation is the disconnect between young and old; often we feel that moving forward mandates leaving the past literally in the past: a free for all where clean hands are necessity. Educating the public about such importance- that's what we must do! Connect where we have participated, to where we are going. I completely agree and appreciate your understanding of said relationship.