Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age

Like Henry Petroski s The Pencil, Scrolling Forward takes a common, everyday object, the document, and illuminates what it reveals about us our work, our values, our relationships both in the past and as we move into the digital age.
Scrolling Forward Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age Like Henry Petroski s The Pencil Scrolling Forward takes a common everyday object the document and illuminates what it reveals about us our work our values our relationships both in the past and

  • Title: Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age
  • Author: David M.Levy
  • ISBN: 9781559706483
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age”

    1. I wish I liked this better. I wish I'd read it a decade ago, when it was new Levy covers a huge amount of ground that is very near and dear to my own life and work; he is a computer scientist and typographer/calligrapher, he comes out of Xerox PARC in the 70s and 80s; he is concerned with the evolving definition of the Document in the digital age.But I found this book long-winded, self-absorbed, and ultimately without much of a point. He does some yeoman duty in laying out a structural definitio [...]

    2. Un excellent ouvrage qui débute avec une simple facturette et qui se termine avec Borges. Une réflexion sur le document à l'heure du numérique. Mais aussi sur le Moi. Brillant.

    3. Link+ due 4/13An interesting exploration of what documents are in the early days of ebooks and the world wide web. Sadly it's rather out of date in places.

    4. In this age of evolving digital technologies, the elimination of physical documents for digital is becoming a more real possibility, dividing many people as to whether this revolution will be heralded as a wonderful saver of trees, time, and space, or if it sounds the death knell for literate society as we know it. In Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age, David Levy uses his extensive backgrounds in computer science and calligraphy to shed some light on this cultural d [...]

    5. This is well-researched and readable. Even though it's now 15 years old, it doesn't feel dated. And it brings together many topics I'm interested in: book history, reading practices, information science, bureaucratization, literary history, and bibliography. My only quibble, I guess, is that I've encountered all of these subjects before, and this book didn't really add anything new for me. I preferred reading another book in a similar vein, James Gleick's The Information. But for others less fam [...]

    6. The first and last chapters are truely inspired, while the rest of the book swoons over the history of documents. I found most of it to be uninteresting. There's a technological and cultural shift occuring to documents right now, and this book is too outdated to shed any real light on it.It looks like David Levy has actually updated this book in 2014, maybe the newer version will contain more interesting insights.

    7. Levy shows how documents are witnesses and that hype about the internet is misplaced religious longing. I enjoyed his insights and his reminder that we should be much more concerened with how we live than with what technology we are using.

    8. An entertaining and quick read about documents, how pervasive they are, and what we can do about them these days. Surprisingly not dated, even though it's 10 years old. A little hard to tell what to do with the info in this book, but it's probably good to have read it.

    9. The author, a former researcher/engineer for Xerox Parc, is obsessed with documents. To the point of an exisistential crisis about what all of these black dots on white pages mean, and what they tell us. He's definitely a little crazy, and that's what makes the book fun.

    10. David is an amazing person, and I loved his book. In some ways it was as if he read my mind with regard to some of the issues and challenges that he identified that arise in the information age. It was nice to have something to read (and someone to talk to) with which I could empathize.

    11. Excellent look at what a document is, and how computer does - and does not - change the nature of the document.

    12. The history in the book still holds up, but the discussions on the new technology make the book out-of-date. The last few chapters seem tacked on and didn't feel connected to other chapters.

    13. Read 25 Sep-24 Nov 2009. Pretty good but read at work during breaks so the author’s point was kind of too spread out for me. Instead, I recommend Avatars of the Word.

    14. An awesome book about multimodal texts and analyzing everyday texts. An easy read about some complex material. Great.

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