Posts Tagged: digital age

A Way to Make Sense of the World with Suzanne Buffam

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Poet Suzanne Buffam discusses her latest work, A Pillow Book, sleep remedies that don’t work, and the worries that occupy her mind and keep her from sleep.

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The Sunday Rumpus Essay: I Died of Dysentery

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The glorious ways we fifth graders died in Mr. Mosher’s computer class. We strove to die in the most imaginable permutations possible.

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Heal Together

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The Internet may have irreversibly altered the forms activism takes, but there is still room for change. Christopher Soto reflects on activist frameworks used in 2015 and offers their strategies for working toward a more inclusive poetry community in the future: I believe in critical conversations with my community, I believe in doing rehabilitative work […]

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Record Store Day Is Approaching

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Tomorrow a whole slew of releases, promos, and events are hitting locations across the country in celebration of all the great things about a local record store that the Internet can never replace. Check out a full list of exclusive releases, along with information about participating stores and what’s happening where. Don’t be a jerk: give […]

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No More Book Shaming

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It’s no secret that libraries have had a rocky relationship with publishers since the ebook boom began in the late aughts. Publisher’s Weekly suggests three ways the two could work to heal the rift, but one of the suggestions is surprising: librarians need to stop “book shaming”: What today’s library elite seems to forget is […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Jeremy Hawkins

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Author Jeremy Hawkins discusses his debut novel, The Last Days of Video, the resurgence of the independent bookstore industry, and allowing nostalgia to have presence but not precedence in one’s life.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #65: Tragedy Plus Time

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Jesse Malin is a lifer in a business that rarely features lifers anymore.

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The Web Isn’t Nirvana (But You Can Get All Their Albums For Free)

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On February 26, 1995, just about twenty years ago, Newsweek published an article by Clifford Stoll called “Why the Internet Won’t Be Nirvana.” In it, Stoll provides a litany of faults to be found in the nascent web. Although there’s a decidedly un-zen tone to the article, Stoll makes some surprisingly accurate predictions—right alongside some laughable ones. […]

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Disappearing Digital Ink

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Writers like to believe their words will make them immortal. But in the digital age, most writing careers outlive publications. Carter Maness discovered that most of his career as a music journalist has faded from existence as the publications that published and paid him shut down the servers hosting his words. This evaporation of content can […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Alix Lambert

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Director Alix Lambert talks about her documentary, Mentor, small-town conformity, and bullying in the digital age.

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High-Speed World

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The world is moving faster than ever. Digital technologies have allowed, encouraged, and even required quicker processing of information. The net effect isn’t necessarily a good thing—all that speed has left people struggling to consume information in fragments, and is ultimately eroding art. Mark C. Taylor explains over at The Chronicle of Higher Education: All […]

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e-Books Threaten Libraries

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Libraries have adapted to the modern era by lending out e-books. In many cases, electronic books provide patrons easier access to materials. But a new study says that they also threaten an old system of distribution, reports GalleyCat. The main problem is how electronic content is never really owned, but instead, licensed: Unlike the print […]

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Archiving in the Digital Age

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Salman Rushdie donated his personal archive to Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) in 2006. Much of Rushdie’s personal archive was digital, a form that creates new problems for modern librarians to contend with. Consider, for example, Rushdie’s PowerMac from the mid-90s. It still functioned when he donated it, but librarians had […]

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Digital Age Changes Writing

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Technology has changed the way writers write, and that change is not just about the rise of e-books. Composition in a digital world is much more malleable and fluid, and changes in methodology alter the structure of sentences and words. Author Tom McCarthy tells the Guardian: Writing with word processors has given a new organisation […]

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Radiohead Banned, YouTube Like Amazon?

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Surprisingly, YouTube is only now getting its foot in the door with the music streaming game. Their grand entrance, according to this article at Salon, involves terms with which a large number of independent artists disagree—Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, and Animal Collective, just to name a few. YouTube is planning to block these artists from streaming. Ultimately […]

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Digital Age Fuels Sci-Fi Short Stories

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The digital era has brought on a new golden age of science fiction. Electronic books, self-driving cars, and video phones may not seem too fictional these days, but technology like the Internet has empowered all sorts of new distribution methods connecting sci-fi writing with the fans who support it. New science fiction magazines launch with crowd […]

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Publishing in a Digital Age

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Books are not dying. However, how we publish them—as well as how we consume them—is transforming drastically. By far the biggest boom in new titles, has come from self-published authors. More than 391,000 books were self-published in the United States in 2012, an increase of 422 percent since 2007. Find more wild figures and firsthand […]

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The Decline of the University Press

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The university press system has faced a rapid decline. Research libraries, looking to cut costs to pay for expensive electronic journal subscriptions, buy fewer monographs. Subsidies from parent institutions are down. Meanwhile, the researchers who publish with and rely on content from university presses demand access to digital content. The Nation explores the rise and […]

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Plotlines in the Digital Age

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Nowadays technology is not just changing how we interact with books and movies, but it has changed the plotlines themselves. It has changed the way fictional characters interact with each other, the believability of the plot—it’s destabilizing the fictional landscape. Jon Queenan discusses the evolution of the script with the intrusion of new technologies in […]

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Nostalgia for the 5 Finger Discount

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It’s the age of all-things digital and this era of dwindling printed publications brings with it some serious losses. Among them, is the loss of the of the five-finger discount. Stealing books, which some authors have cited as a phase in their literary development, doesn’t really have a place in the age of digital media, […]

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Time for a Digital Diet?

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Anybody feeling the “encroachment of the buzz,” the multitudinous distractions that prevent us from concentrating on a book? Johann Hari is offering survival tips for these distracting times. “A book has a different relationship to time than a TV show or a Facebook update. It says that something was worth taking from the endless torrent […]

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