Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 782. Saturday, 13 November 1993.
Date: Friday, 12 Nov 93 08:31:32 EST
Subject: Power of Electronic tools by T. C. Bowden
Those 'lurking luddities' who make their living doing research need
need not fear. They will not be replaced by machines doing the
nanosecond-swift searches - they will be doing them. Technological
progress and human laziness seem to have a direct relationship. As
it becomes easier to search for this information with nice tools such
as your Mac and a CD-Rom, so will people become too lazy to do it for
themselves and hire the bookworm to do it.
I know. I work for a major computing company doing things just like
that. The mechanics of the world like me need to know how to embrace
these new tools. Sure, there are neophytes who will do it for them-
selves, but there are also a lot of lazy department heads at colleges
and lazy managers at corporations like this one. I am reminded by all
the stories I hear from my parents (raised in the depression era) who
tell me to be thankful for all that I have. Yet I can never find it
more than measly and current. Now you and I see it that way but the
next generation will say 'that search took x nanoseconds too long.' I
hope to be in a retirement home at that point.
On another note, has anyone considered the implications that all this
technology will have on determining the 'canon' of a great writer? I
keep multiple drafts of all my work, sometimes changing them for every
submission I make to a magazine or contest. If I became a great
writer and died, my wife could make a fortune selling the alternate
drafts and people could argue for years about which is the 'real'
draft. I am no great writer - but perhaps this is already happening