Lessing on the Internet

Doris Lessing’s Nobel acceptance speech (The Guardian prints the full version) is causing waves about its attack on the Internet.

Of course Lessing is entitled to her own view but is out of kilter with some excellent stuff that is happening. Of course the ‘Net allows us pretty much instant access to knowledge and the user needs filters for the results but it fundamentally requires us to rethink how we use knowledge and the Internet for ourselves. Actually I’m holding out hope at the moment for the printed word, especially fiction and arts non-fiction (I do wonder if the more technical monographs will disappear and be available for free on the ‘Net). Much as I like the freedom to download articles and read papers on the screen, I’m happiest with a treeware (I think Cory Doctorow coined the term) version of a book in my hand.

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