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Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives by Urs Gasser, John Palfrey

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I think the reason why print magazines are still very popular is because you kind of have the feeling, okay, this is like one issue, and this is what happened this week. And on the Internet . . . there’s no beginning and no end.
—HARVARD STUDENT, EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD
IN 2007 ALONE, 1,288 X 1018 BITS, OR 161 BILLION GIGABYTES, OF DIGital content were created, stored, and replicated around the world. In lay terms, that’s 3 million times the amount of information in all the books ever written, or twelve stacks of books reaching from the Earth to the Sun, or six tons of books for every living person. It would require 2 billion of the highest-capacity iPods to store all of that information. In 2003, researchers estimated the world’s information ...

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