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A new His n’ Hers Fragrance

April 17, 2011

Buy your kindle cologne here.

There is something rather poignant in the generic arguments against digital books in that they almost invariably operate on the basis of some kind of embodied experience being lost by virtue of digization. I rather suspect that this is not true for all cultures (has any study has been done in Japan where calligraphy and and technophilia coexist rather well?).

Lucien X Polsatron posits that “the sole difference a paper book carries – in addition to the clearly superior epidermal pleasure it provides over that produced by touching plastic…is that the total weight of the text is constantly felt by the reader. This sensation perhaps gives the reader an impression…of possessing the whole of its meaning, an illusion whose loss could panic fragile souls” (in The Great Digitization, from footnote 35).

Is it precisely because we are embodied that we view digital forms as less natural or more suspect than material ones?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. McDreamy permalink
    June 30, 2011 11:39 am

    if I had a euro for everyone who criticized my Kindle-habit citing a love of the smell of books…….

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