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A Technology Advocate Looks at the Gutenberg Elegies
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, University of Nevada, Reno

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Sven Birkerts, in his book The Gutenberg Elegies, casts information technology as the prime villain in the subversion of literacy. I find this to be a restrictive view of human communications. Birkerts uses the book as an icon for the mass produced printed page made possible by Johann Gutenberg, and I will do the same in this paper. In his musings, Birkerts fantasizes turning the clock ahead thirty years then looking back in wonder at how the world of transportation has changed. He then sadly compares this to the change he sees taking place in human communication:

Citation

Johnson, D.L. (1996). A Technology Advocate Looks at the Gutenberg Elegies. In B. Robin, J. Price, J. Willis & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 1996--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 958-960). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 9, 2020 from .

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