Dave Eggers:

I don’t want to wake up and look at a screen. I feel like as a society, we try to put everything on that same goddamn screen, and pretty soon we’re going to be eating on the screen or, like, making love through the screen. It’s just sort of like: ‘Why does everything have to be on the screen?’

Some beardy druid from the oral tradition, a few thousand years back:

I don’t want to wake up and look at paper. I feel like as a society, we try to put everything on that same (Brythonic swear word) piece of paper, and pretty soon we’re going to be eating on paper or, forsooth, making love through paper. It’s just sort of like: "Why does everything have to be on the paper?"

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  1. We’re afraid of leaving the material for some kind of ethereal information realm- it’s too much like death, I think. Wonder why that is…

  2. A bit of Eggers that you didn’t quote was:

    “I like…the calmness, the authority, the curation of a daily paper, where I know I’m not going to be sent into something totally trivial and non-germane,”

    I’m curious what newspapers Dave Eggers is reading, because they most certainly are not Australian newspapers. Trivial non-germane dross is everywhere in every medium, constantly hammering the eyeballs for attention.

  3. I qouted this on my blog. I don’t understand how authors don’t see that books and digital can coexist, especially eggers whose Mcsweeneys already focuses on the indy and art side of books, which arent going anywhere. If anything we will be skimming the trash into only digital files and making room for books as art, which they were before the turn of the 20th century.

  4. Very funny warren, but not a fair analogy at all. The reasons which print supplanted the oral tradition and destroyed our memories are not the same reasons that the internet is supplanting print. For instance, I could prefer print to memorization because I’m lazy, and for the same reasons prefer print news to web news. (and not just because I don’t want to learn how to use the newfangled device). I could probably come up with better examples than this, but alas, I can’t be fucked.

  5. >>>“I like…the calmness, the authority, the curation of a daily paper, where I know I’m not going to be sent into something totally trivial and non-germane,”

    Yes, like Pravda in its heyday. What financial crisis? Blame … who? Here are Your Only Two Choices in The Election.

  6. I don’t want to wake up and tap into my brain feed. I feel like as a society, we try to put everything on that same goram feed, and pretty soon we’re going to be eating on the feed or, feh, making love through the feed. It’s just sort of like: ‘Why does everything have to be on the feed?’

  7. That druid stole all Socrates’ lines! And what he said was, all this writing things down now, it’s going to ruin everyone’s memories and nobody’s going to think about ideas anymore because they can just look at a bit of papyrus. And he was right!

  8. Actually, culture as lived through the internet is much more an oral tradition than the paper ever was. Easy to see looking at old comment threads and see half the pictures and links don’t work.

    So some people will become curators of information and communities. And they will be beardy druids, or maybe dogs, because who knows, they will be on the other side of the screen.

  9. If Eggers only believed in print, McSweeney’s wouldn’t have an iPhone app and 826 National wouldn’t have such a lovely online presence. All he’s saying is that we don’t have to abandon print, just like we didn’t abandon telling stories out loud.

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