890Re: Digital Simulation? (was: RE: [PPLetterpress] Digest Number 254)
- Sep 3, 2002
> There is no question in my mind that the application of computers andHI David
> digitalization to the graphic arts is in its infancy. Although imitating=
> little lead castings is one possibility, the ultimate use of this technol=ogy
> has not yet even been imagined.
Well thought out, but I just have a guestion or two I'd like to pose
in regard to your last statement here. Perhaps this needs to be
I recently read on that statistical page in Harper's that the
majority of humans living on the planet have never used a telephone.
This is an interesting statistic don't you think? What does that say
for the notion of unimpeded progress for digital technology in a
world where most folks don't participate? Especially considering that
our material resources are not infinite and economic decline is
almost inevitable? (In eight years we will reach the half way point
in exploiting the earth's "possible" bio massanother debatable
statistic but this revealed from the oil industry itself). So,
perhaps digital technology is not in its infancy, but already in its
I suppose I sound like a Luddite. I'd like to think I'm not. But to
put our faith in a continuous technological progress (in which very
few of us, or any of us, actually play a part) may not exactly be a
desirable, or realizable, goal.
I suspect what I have said here would then tend to diminish the value
of our letterpress work here and now... perhaps. Perhaps not. We do
live in the here and now. And what we do here and now is what we have
to offer the future. Just as we were informed by the past, that is also
what we have to give over. We worked with our hands, and our minds, and
our hearts. Is that too small a message to send to the future?
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