Friday, January 2, 2015

THE CONTEXT AND SACRED TEXTS: teorías para blogueros

"Those who set up oppositions between the electronic technology and that of the printing press perpetuate Frollo’s fallacy. They want us to believe that the book—an instrument as perfect as the wheel or the knife, capable of holding memory and experience, an instrument that is truly interactive, allowing us to begin and end a text wherever we choose, to annotate in the margins, to give its reading a rhythm at will—should be discarded in favor of a newer tool. Such intransigent choices result in technocratic extremism. In an intelligent world, electronic devices and printed books share the space of our work desks and offer each of us different qualities and reading possibilities. Context, whether intellectual or material, matters, as most readers know." (Alberto Manguel, "Conversations with the Dead". The New York Review of Books, August 15, 2014.)

"And yet, sophisticated readers complain that the new gadgets don’t have the sensual qualities of the printed book, the erotic touch, the comforting smell; that they lack the hierarchical distinctions that used to exist between paperbacks and hardbacks; that they have none of the aristocratic features of leather-bindings and marbled end-paper pages. No doubt similar complaints were heard from Sumerian tablet-readers with the arrival of the scroll, and from Roman scroll-readers with the arrival of the codex."  Alberto Manguel, "THE IMMUTABLE ACT".

La imprenta no permite ver los pasos y huellas del escritor. El bloguero, si se atreve, se desnuda y muestra cómo se va vistiendo y desvistiendo; traviste y reviste continuamente durante su escribir; desacraliza sus muchos cuerpos, los textos sagrados.

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