The Future of Reading: Empire of the Word Series
Catalogue Number: A197-S01-04
Producer: Nomad Films International
Producers: Nomad Films International
Subject: Documentary, English, Literature, Media and Communications, Science, Social Sciences
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: France
Copyright Year: 2009
Running Time: 52:40
How will the technological revolution change the way we read? Will electronic texts like cellphone fiction replace the traditional book? What ethical issues are at play when it comes to who owns the digital archives of the world's printed heritage? We get perspectives from Canadian interactive novelist Kate Pullinger (Inanimate Alice) and Google engineering director Dan Landry, among others.
In this program, host Alberto Manguel uses the history of the written text—from hand-copied codex, to machine-printed book, to digital document—as a vehicle to address large-scale efforts to preserve the world’s literary heritage, a dual challenge involving a rapidly deteriorating corpus of old books and an overwhelming proliferation of blogs and other significant writings on the Internet. In addition, the implications of cell phone fiction and interactive online novels are discussed; the One Laptop per Child initiative, bringing online reading to the developing world, is praised; and concern over Google’s proprietary book digitization project, which would make the company the de facto owner of the planet’s largest cache of published writings, is expressed.
Also available in French: L' avenir de la lecture