3.00 FYI France: Ejournal and archive

by Jack Kessler, kessler@well.sf.ca.us

October 15, 2004 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on October 15, 2004.

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"Bibliothèques virtuelles" in France:
recent books


A few recent books, on "bibliothèques virtuelles" in France: for those of us who (still) like our bits & bytes on printed pages --





There are so many online resources, now, for information about the information revolution...

In the apparent absence of any sensible criteria, much less procedures, for separating wheat from chaff, there is a great deal of irrelevant and mis-information, online, as well.

It rarely is a good idea to consult "fans", for objective views of the object of their adorations: convinced internauts for views about the Internet, people who are online for opinions about online access, and so on. Such discussions become circular and self-perpetuating, and self-congratulating, very quickly -- as the Howard Dean Campaign discovered, too late and fatally, during the current US Presidential election race.

So, printed books... One virtue of using the old media, to discuss the new, is that one reaches people who are not yet "fans". Reading and researching the above entries, then, a student is more likely to discover dissenting views, than in the now-multitudinous chat and econference and ejournal resources online. "Household penetration" rates are not 100% yet, even in the very-wired USA, much less in Europe, and not at all in most of the rest of the world. Most "out there" who research still do so in print.

One day the Internet may indeed be invisible and omnipresent -- like television -- and on that day all objectivity about The Nets may be lost, as it has been for television... Maybe it's to the Internet's advantage, then, that so far it is only a partial success: by reading a few printed books about it -- now, while it is not yet "everywhere" and before it is too late -- perhaps we still can spot the pitfalls and correct the hidden dangers.

I wouldn't want to wake up, in a few years, to an entirely-wired world and a digital information life which was not properly "examined" during its construction -- "the unexamined life is not worth living", it is said, and that definitely is my view of the television world. We still have time to make the Internet world something better, I believe. But we'll only do that by getting outside of it and seeing it whole, while we still can. Read books.






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