Monday, October 3, 2011

Digital vs. Print

In my opinion, Dustin won the pamphlet war, as he provided a stronger argument that took into account the various options that digital makes available.  Hannah, on the other hand, failed to provide a convincing argument from more than one vantage point, as well as including false information within her argument.  The digital era allows for multiple possibilities within any specific item, like books, allowing them to be interactive dictionaries, searches, and commentaries upon the text itself and items pertaining to it.  The print age is losing the race as digital become so much more readily accessible and referable.  In the end, the digital world will be like that of print, except it comes from a screen.


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  2. I disagree because you fail to note that DJ based his argument mainly on the fact that digital is more green. But are we so certain digital readers are great for the environment? Books are at the very least biodegradable, and composed of a renewable resource. With the constant tech upgrades which rule the present age, and likely will continue into the future what is going to happen to all the outmoded kindles, Ipads and android tablets? Although the Ipad may be marketed as recyclable in practice they will go straight to landfill I should think. And what of the rare earth metals needed to manufacture smart electronics? There is not an inexhaustible supply of these materials. It is possible print is greener than we've been told.

  3. Regardless of the fact that books are supposedly more "eco friendly", computers can hold millions of books without breaking a sweat, conserving all of those sheets of paper, therefore "preserving" the environment to be used later. Yes computers become obsolete after about four years, but would you rather have millions of books thrown away, or one computer, which is able to transfer information from one device to another. And as of rare metals, the chips used in computers are melted down and reused in new parts (when the person takes them to the proper facility). And yes books are biodegradable, but it takes time. By that argument, computers are just as biodegradable, but if takes longer for them.