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COMPUTERS, many of their advocates used to say, would eliminate books, magazines and newspapers. Instead of slumping in the easy chair with an ugly lump of wood pulp, tomorrow’s readers would sit erect, alert and jut-jawed, before a video screen, scanning all the news of all the world, or plugged in to the entire contents of the British Museum Reading Room, including all the world’s works-in-progress as of five minutes ago.

Well, it hasn’t happened yet.

New York Times, August 1983


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