Friday, December 18, 2009

Portable texts

I think it was youtube which changed my attitude towards the portable modalities.

Used to be that I listened to the music on the portable audio player a lot, whether it was walkman or iPod. Nowadays, I don't listen to portable music that much.

The fun of listening to music on the youtube in the hotel room when traveling has changed my sensitivities to the portables. When you are walking on the street, or on the train, you are exposed to a lot of noise naturally. Listening to a portal music is done on top of that, which is sometimes OK, but not really perfect.

Listening to music in a hotel room, based on your whimsical moods, has opened a pathway for joy hitherto unknown, and in a sense made the portable music outdated.

Now I am more interested in portable reading. Whether it is the Amazon Kindle or Sony Reader, I think portable text has a great future.

In my life, portable music would keep having a place, but I foresee more importance assigned to portable text, while the music would return to the room and concerts. In that mood, I would be needing less of the earphone.


René said...

The Institute of Philosophy in London organised an event on 11 Deecember 2009,
celebrating 40 years of the Journal Metaphilosophy (published by Wiley Blackwell).
Speakers were Terrell Ward Bynum (Southern Connecticut State), Timothy Williamson
(Oxford), Philip Kitcher (Columbia) and David Papineau (King?s College London), as well
as a panel discussion.
The whole day has been recorded and is now available as a series of podcasts at the
following URL:

I would appreciate it if you could post this information on your blog.

There might be other papers on my website your readers might find interesting:

Rorty Conference with Bjorn Ramberg, Robert Brandom, Albrecht Wellmer and Michael
Denis McManus - Heidegger, Wittgenstein and the Last Judgement:
Slavoj Zizek - Apocalyptic Times:
Albrecht Wellmer - Adorno and the Difficulties of a Critical Reconstruction of the
Historical Present:
Jason Gaiger - Can There be a Universal Theory of Images:
Thinking with Spinoza: Politics, Philosophy and Religion:
Sacred Modernities: Rethinking Modernity in a Post-Secular Age:

and many, many others - browse through the archive/index

Thank you very much

Yours sincerely

René Wolf

yuzu said...

You tube absolute changed my life.
Because, at first I read your books, and I wanted to know who is this person, then I found your screen in you tube which is so multiple. I can enjoy your words more. I am also interested in portable text, I want to read your wards in that. I'm sure it will be come.

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Anonymous said...

My friend and I were recently discussing about how we as a society are so hooked onto electronics. Reading this post makes me think back to that debate we had, and just how inseparable from electronics we have all become.

I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Societal concerns aside... I just hope that as technology further develops, the possibility of copying our memories onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's one of the things I really wish I could encounter in my lifetime.

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Anonymous said...

It's interesting to see just how permeant memory has become in our every day lives. It seems like everywhere I turn, I see something with a card slot or USB port . I guess it makes sense though, considering how much cheaper memory has become lately...

Gahhhhh... I shouldn't be complaining. I can't make it through a single day without my R4 / R4i!

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