Feb 10, 2009

a book is not a machine

Edward Champion is doing some amazing blogging from the O'Reilly Tools of Change conference. This particular post about Peter Brantley's talk resonated with me -- even as I'm currently reading a book about machines on a machine...

A book may be generated by a machine and ebooks may be available through machines, but that does not mean the book itself is a machine. Nor should the reader transform into a machine. This kind of perspective may work in programming circles, where jargon and other linguistic bullshit is tossed around as casually as spitballs.