Re: Electronic Texts and Scholarship
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 824. Friday, 19 November 1993.
From: Paul Austin <
Date: Friday, 19 Nov 93 07:17:02 EST
People have abused the latest technology or knowledge since the dawn
of time. Regard the sophists who used the emerging field of Philo-
sophy to get rich, much to the chagrin of Socrates. Think also of
the number of people who, since the advent of the printed word, have
taken advantage of the fact that most people believe the printed
word (if it's printed it has to be true).
I agree, just because you can do something faster it doesn't make it
right, synthesizers and digital pianos will never replace the real
thing, etc. I am worried just as much as anyone about the whole
world disappearing into the abyss of virtual reality. I really don't
care to do all my shopping, etc., from home.
But for those of us with earnest intentions it should be noted that
these tools allow us to get faster to the heart of the matter by
relieving us of the time-consuming duties that computers do for us
now. "The tools of your labor may be right or wrong...you don't
have to be bitter...just make the tools of your labor work."
Think of how many people thought that typewriters were a bad thing
at the turn of the century. Now think of how easy it is for you to
do your research on this forum.