The past two decades have witnessed breathtaking increases in computing power, as well as equally impressive strides in manufacturing efficiency and technological innovation. Powerful, cheap, and interconnected, modern personal computers, smart phones, and e-readers are rapidly sculpting a landscape of ubiquitous computing. From shopping online to streaming movies, from social networking to online dating, and from paying bills to reading digitized books, the average American now expects the convenient digitization of historically analogue practices and media. In the workplace, this trend has expressed itself through a strong push toward paperless practices. In the music and movie industries, this trend has heralded the increasing abandonment of physical tapes, CDs, and DVDs in favor of instant and on-demand services such as iTunes and Netflix. In the market for books and print media, this trend has evinced itself in the explosive popularity of e-readers and digital books.
Kelu L. Sullivan,
Orphan Works at the Dawn of Digitalization,
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