Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Essay on Bibliocide by Julian Baggini

Bibliocide - Photo by Julian Baggini
What do you do with books which are beyond use, such as moldy volumes of encyclopedias? Julian Baggini, founding editor of The Philosopher's Magazine, writes about burning his set of Britannica's which no longer served any purpose. The set had become "mouldy, unread and long out of date," but the very act of committing bibliocide resulted in feelings of guilt and mourning. In his essay on the Aeon website he writes about the passing of encyclopedias and the decline in respect for experts, all casualties of the digital age. Information just exists everywhere on the web and we no longer defer to specialists in their fields. Alas.

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