Il Chronicle pubblica una lista di 5 miti sull’Information Age che riporto e che condivido in pieno:
1) “The book is dead“. More books are produced in print each year than in the previous year. One million new titles will appear worldwide in 2011.
2) “We have entered the information age.” But every age is an age of information, each in its own way and according to the media available at the time.
3) “All information is now available online.” The absurdity of this claim is obvious to anyone who has ever done research in archives.
4) “Libraries are obsolete.” At Harvard, our reading rooms are full. The 85 branch libraries of the New York Public Library system are crammed with people. The libraries supply books, videos, and other material as always, but they also are fulfilling new functions: access to information for small businesses, help with homework and afterschool activities for children, and employment information for job seekers
5) “The future is digital.” In 10, 20, or 50 years, the information environment will be overwhelmingly digital, but the prevalence of electronic communication does not mean that printed material will cease to be important.