I understand.  But that doesn't make me feel comfortable with 15 second
bites.  Of course, the challenge is to reinvent the way information is made
available.  Certainly there's enough brain power in computer information
services to accomplish that.  I wonder what that will entail, and what will
be lost in the process.  And who will hold the strings.

I don't think I could have sat through the Lincoln-Douglas debates in the
19th Century, let alone the 20th.


On Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 8:41 PM, Britt Griswold <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Bruce,
> The idea that the wisdom and feel of the ages can not be transmitted in 15
> sec bites. The oldies but goodies are the way mankind has transmitted
> lessons learned for millennia. Whe the new media implies is a possible break
> with the past and the need to reinvent all those lessons in a new language
> that might take a hundred years to re-educate people in a new way with new
> stories and myths.  Of course that is accomplished by repurposing old
> stories in new electronic covers... but a whole new ethos comes out of 15sec
> bit story telling. I understand people would sit and listen to
> Lincoln-Douglas debates for hours on end, in great masses. I don't think
> that would have worked even in the early twentieth century.
> Britt
> Bruce wrote:
> It bothers me, however, that a large segment of worthy human thought has
> been recorded in a manner that cannot be adequately conveyed in all its
> nuances in a 15-second soundbite.  Henry James "Wings of a Dove" may indeed
> be summarized in a paragraph, but how does that convey the wonderfully
> descriptive prose and slow turning toward a tragic ending?  And I can't
> imagine one of these information bombardees sifting through a treatise by
> Kant or Tocqueville.  Shakespeare?  Nyet.  Classical music?  No time.
> Plato?  Eeyu, an ugly old Greek.

Bruce Bartrug
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