Re: Re. Death of paper

Subject: Re: Re. Death of paper
From: David Jones/KSBEISD <David_Jones/KSBEISD -dot- KSBEISD -at- DATAHUB -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 1996 09:47:51 HST

Finally, a term for what I've always felt ... the "library fallacy."

The basic problem with depending on a library, or the Internet, for keeping
information is that someone else (the librarian, the Web site provider, etc)
controls what information is available. Too many times in the past, I've
forgone buying a book because it was available at the library -- only to find
that the library discarded it to make room for new books, or because it wasn't
circulated enough, or because it's not politically correct at the moment (who
says censorship is dead?), or because the librarian in charge had a personal
animosity toward the author's view on a subject.

Although it is easier to store a lot of info on a server, it still costs money
and storage space. So you can't depend on the server to continue to provide
particular information *you* consider important. It's best to maintain your own
version of a library, whether it's in hardcopy books or data files on your

BTW, this is one reason why I won't be putting any money into cheap Internet
appliances that require you to store your information on the ISP's server ...


David Jones, Technical Writer
David_Jones/KSBEISD -dot- KSBEISD -at- Datahub -dot- com
Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate

"I do not speak for my employer, my computer, or any other living thing."

From: geoff-h @ @ Internet @ DATAHUB
Date: 03/27/96 03:53:20 PM
Subject: Re. Death of paper

David Blyth noted <paraphrase> that paper dox are gradually
being replaced by the internet and (by implication) other
forms of online information. There's certainly some truth
in this, but the overall conclusion is undermined by what I
call the "library fallacy".

In theory, a well-endowed public library makes it
unnecessary to have any books at home. After all, the
library can hold far more information on each topic, and
far more topics, than my home. The price is right (it's
invisible in my property taxes), and there are expert
assistants to help me find what I need. On the other hand,
I have to compete with hundreds or even thousands of others
to get a copy of the information (anyone else encountering
internet bandwidth problems?), I have to go out on snowy
nights (anyone else hate taking their computer to bed?),
and the place is usually closed when I want to find
information (anyone had much luck getting onto the net
during a power failure?), and so on. I can even catch a
virus at my local library. Guess what? I've got a LARGE
paper library at home, and don't hit the public library

Death of paper? I'm not selling my forestry stocks just

--Geoff Hart @8^{)}
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca

Disclaimer: If I didn't commit it in print in one of our
reports, it don't represent FERIC's opinion.

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