Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 891.  Friday, 3 December 1993.
From:           Steve Urkowitz <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 02 Dec 93 20:11:03 EST
Subject: 4.0865  Re: Electronic Scholarship and Texts
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0865  Re: Electronic Scholarship and Texts
Acidic paper and "perfect" paperback bindings have an electronic analog in the
de-laminating or other ghastly deteriorations of magnetic tape, such as will so
on happen to my first-purchased copy of Zeffirelli's ROMEO AND JULIET video
casssette.  A scary article about the ephemerality of video "documents" appears
in last Sunday's New York TIMES Business section.  Seems like life in a
temperate  climate for magnetic tape is nasty, brutish and short.  Maybe
fifteen years? But I assume that by late next week we will be able to purchase
a peripheral that can write our videos onto CDs or something with the
half-life of a cunieform tablet. Life is long and art whips into oblivion?
Having just cut up the stage floor of our Twelfth Night production to build
benches, I'm very aware of how a  play has to be savored like a sunset.
                                        Steve Urkowitz, SURCC@CUNYVM

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