Interesting question from Nicole Martinelli in Cult of Mac regarding digital information vs. printed information.
In these topsy-turvy tech days, when some media titans are betting that digital will bring the end of print publications as we know them, the iPad is playing a pivotal role.
Duh. But will it be as timeless as print?
Apple’s “magical” tablet is one of the first consumer electronic devices to act as an unobscured window for the transmission of words and ideas.
Yes, that’s nice, and it’s popular and all, but will it be as timeless as print?
With every app you call up, you gaze into a different world… sometimes local to your device, sometimes transient, sometimes alien and far beyond. The device itself, though, is only meant to be a complimentary and attractive frame, perfectly realized to the purpose of conveyance.
I take it that’s a no?
My view is that printed materials will last longer than digital material and remain subject to less change. You know, when the digital overlords want to rewrite history in their favor.