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Libraries of the Future

E-Literature got me thinking:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjoJd_uN-7M

 

I watched this video and began to think about libraries and their place in the future of our world. I began to ask myself what my own image of the library of the future was. I got scared thinking about the possibility of books being almost entirely eclipsed by technology. It is hard to imagine but in a generation that has witnessed the cassette tape, cd, and vhs tape be almost entirely pushed into extinction, anything is possible. Look at newspapers for example, when talking to my mother (who works for the Des Moines Register) she told me that Newspapers were also on the verge of extinction. Many newspapers have been forced to significantly cut their budgets to continue to make even a slight profit from their production. When asked about the cause of this decline she said it all had to do with the internet. The internet allows for (in most cases) free exchange of news that is delivered directly to your computer without having to wait until the following morning for your newspaper to arrive.

 

Do you think that internet sources will entirely eclipse our nation’s print sources? What do the libraries of the future look like? Who are the librarians of the future?

 

I cannot imagine living in a world where the libraries are all digitized. That being said I do think that there is going to be a significant shift towards technology. I think the libraries of the future while still containing print sources will also be much more technologically advanced. The librarians of the future in turn will have to be much more tech savvy and capable of both current library duties and navigating digital archives.

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E-lit

E-literature is a very intriguing concept. Combining text with images and audio in order to engage a readier further. How is this different from E-books or print? I think there are advantages and disadvantages to using E-lit, but I think its major downfall would be its narrow audience.

After being introduced to E-lit (was tough to find links even on Google about what it actually is) and then exploring it through stories, poems and personal adventures it was still tough to wrap my mind around what it is. I believe that this in its self is one of the disadvantages, it is so obscure and different that individuals dislike it for that very reason. In addition most of the E-lit that we touched upon in class seemed to drag on and had no plot of any sort. Not all, but most of them had no formal introduction with the problem, a missing climax and then just left you with no conclusion. These basic principles that were learned in elementary school were missing. Nonetheless, most of the E-lit were not suspenseful at all, most of what was going to happen next could have been guessed with a minute amount of thought. There is one other interesting comment that individuals always make pertaining to E-lit, that the reader lacks control. In its defense, I disagree with this comment. Compared to books or movies that you haven’t seen yet, I don’t see how you would have more control or control at all over these either. The book has already been written and the script of the movie has also been determined. So, with this argument I don’t see how a reader would have more control over books or movies relative to E-lit.

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The Good and Bad of E-Literature

Throughout this week in class we have had multiple discussions about E-Literature and they way our society is using it.  There are many good things that can possibly come from E-Literature, but also a lot of negative things that come from it as well.  First off, we have seen through our examples that E-Literature requires people to be able to read in a different way.  They have to digest words, pictures sounds and movements.  E-Literature is also very interactive and engaging for people who use it.  It stimulates many parts of the brain.  Realistically, will our generation use the electronic literature as much as we use print literature?

We touched on this briefly in class and came up with the conclusion that maybe electronic literature is better suited for young kids.  There are many sounds and pictures which would be able to keep kids actively involved in what they are learning.  I know when I was younger that print literature would tend to bore me sometimes.  This is also where we find one of the main negatives for electronic literature.  Print literature gives us room for our visual imagination.  While reading, we get to make our own visual pictures of what might be going on in the story.  Electronic literature pretty much does that for us by showing pictures and movements.  Although we don’t have control over electronic literature or print literature, print books make us think we have more control.  We control the pace of the reading as well as how we think they story goes.  The imagination factor is a clear point that separates these two concepts.  I want to try and answer my question that I posed earlier in this blog.  I think that our generation is too used to print books and enjoys that we can use our imagination when reading.  Maybe kids of later generations will start using E-Literature early on in their education, but I don’t think print literature will ever go away.

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E-readers

All of the discussion and blog posts about e-literature and whether it will cause print to become obsolete has got me thinking about books and e-readers. A lot of people have turned to e-readers as a means to read their literature. I am one of those people. I like how convenient it is to download a book I want and it is just a few clicks away instead of going to a store, looking for the book and paying for it if they have it in stock. A  lot of the books I download are less expensive than if I bought them at Barnes and Nobel and sometimes even free. The most important thing to me however is space. It saves A LOT of it when you use an e-reader. Instead of having books sit on a bookshelf that I paid twenty plus dollars for I no longer need a bookshelf and I do not have books lying around for years.

I think as e-readers become more and more popular and less expensive schools and textbook companies may want to think about using them. If all books in classrooms including textbooks are available on e-readers this would save students a lot of time because they would not have to shop for their school books or switch out the books when going to their next class. It would also save them space which is important in college since students often live in a tiny apartment or in an even smaller dorm room. Since they are not paying for a bound book students would also save money on their school books. Finally, it would help with the back pain every student has endured sometime during their college experience. Since they do not have to carry heavy textbooks in their backpack this lessens the chance of a student having back problems.

It would save the companies that make the textbooks from having to print and distribute the books. Since textbooks are often edited or changed every few years having textbooks on e-readers will help the company. This would save them money as well as time. Not to mention it would help the environment because there would be less trash from the unwanted and or outdated textbooks and less trees would be cut down. Schools in many ways are already headed towards going paperless with all the teaching tools and websites teachers often make so this is just another way they can cut down their use of materials.

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E-Lit VS Print

A question during class was raised whether e-literature will every become mainstream and will print cease to exist?

As discussed in class I think e-literature will have its uses. For example, it can be used to  teach any language not just a second one for a person of any age. It can also be used for history. It may also be used to teach elementary children in the classroom. E-literature might become really popular for these uses but I do not think it will become so mainstream that print will cease to exist. Not only is e-literature something that does not give the viewer total creative control but it does not let one control their pace with it. I was a little frustrated with the videos and wanted them to have a quicker pace.

People like to loose themselves in books and see the characters and places how they want to imagine them. Only a successful book would make someone want to dedicated an entire interactive website to the book so the viewer can read the text, look at the characters and places they live. However, this idea is already moot considering that now a days any popular book gets made into a video game and or movie. This would limit the number of people interested in a website or video that you have to read and watch. If you wanted to read you can read the book and if you wanted to experience the book you can play the video game or sit back and enjoy the movie. There are even theme parks dedicated to some franchises  such as Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando (two photos shown below). Fans of the franchise can interact with the world of Harry Potter as conveyed in the books and movies.

There are many reasons why e-literature will never become more popular than print. The simplest is that reading from a book is convenient and relaxing and e-literature is not.

*Photo on the left shows a few of the cast members from Harry Potter standing in Hogsmeade village created by Universal. The photo on the right shows Honeydukes.

More photos can be found at http://www.themeparkinsider.com/wizarding-world-of-harry-potter/

 

 

 

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Electronic Literature- Can this go mainstream?

We had a very interesting class discussion about the topic of electronic literature and how prevalent it is in society.  Electronic literature is unique in that it requires people to read very differently than they have before.  We used the term “trans-literature” meaning that readers have to read and interpret words, sounds, motions, and pictures all at the same time.  This can be a lot to digest.  As we saw with our scheduled videos, this is extremely abstract literature and is sometimes very difficult to fully follow and understand.  We made a very good point in class in that electronic literature may be a symbol for our own specific historical moment regarding new media and literature.

People today are subjected to so much more stimuli in regards to media.  From television, phones, laptops, iPhones, iPads, computers etc.  These electronic literature artists know that literature and media are rapidly changing before our eyes and are trying to accommodate to those changes.  To some people, they may think these artists are way ahead of their time in trying to push forward electronic literature past print literature.  In essence, I think it is fair to compare “E-Artists” to the works of Benjamin Franklin that we read in class.  Many people thought Ben Franklin was way ahead of his time with all his inventions that eventually turned out to be useful in some way for us in the present.  As a society, we are constantly pushing forward with research and finding new and more efficient ways to accomplish our goals.  Electronic literature might be the turning point of a new movement of literary technology.  Although it might be in the early stages only time will tell.

After viewing the videos today, I personally think it is really in the early stages.  I don’t see anytime soon that E-Literature can fully go mainstream and replace the old forms of print literature.  Most people right now don’t have the time and patience to be able to read literature so differently than what they already do.  What I find interesting is that many people probably said the same things about the inventions of Ben Franklin back in the day and look how much we use some of them now.

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