A Now-Fragile Model *Update*

Caught a post yesterday on PSFK (Link) referring to an article on the New York Times website authored by Kevin Kelly. It’s called “Scan This Book!” (Link – registration required) and I’ve not yet had time to read it, but the excerpts on PSFK sounded so much like the kinds of things I’ve posted here and elsewhere

Woody Evans: “Libraries would become self-aware and ubiquitous.”

Me: “The future library could itself be a kirkyan of sorts. Perhaps we need a new definition for something that collects together kirkyan physical instantiations and tracks all their activity?”

… that I intend to make time soon. I suspect there’s plenty of overlap (as I mention in PSFK’s comments).

I wonder how far he explores his comment “the now-fragile model of valuable copies”? Most people still limit their thoughts to intangibles: text, software, music, movies. Are they ever in for a surprise.

{Update: When I wrote this post, I’d intended to point out a related post over on ISHUSH (Link), but in my haste neglected to do so. It’s well worth a read.}

2 thoughts on “A Now-Fragile Model *Update*

  1. More on that — other librarians have pointed out the basic futility of the ‘universal library’ dream, when such a dream is built on the universality of a single platform — and said platform is a relative rarity on earth (that is, few of us actually have access to computers)…

    Then again, there are the political problems — who among the powerful will deem to allow truly universal access to information?

    link: http://ishush.blogspot.com/2006/05/meta-universal-library.html

    There’s a really basic re-understanding of what information IS and how it works and what it DOES that must take place before any real boots-on-the-ground attempt at implementing this fictious “universal” access ever takes place. I can’t put it any more simply than to say “information is power”, can I? And who really wants to share power?

  2. I read that post to which you link. The question you raise regarding the control of information is of particular interest to me and a serious issue. Thanks for reminding me of that post.

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