What’s happening to print?

I want to extend a thought, a question:

What’s happening to print?

My answers, or clues at least, come from the area of music. For years now classical musicians – and historians, and students of literature  – have been hounded by questions of the relation of text to context.

It’s not a new question at all, but it keeps multiplying as printed/recorded material reproduces exponentially in the world and continues to fail to bring the two together.

It feels as though the world is seeking technological completion for the problems of representation (the achievement of ‘virtuality’) through ever faster reproductions of the world and of the mind itself. As though mapping things and mapping the sensations of things will bring understanding of the world, or finally stop time.

I’d rather not take this in too philosophical direction, but rather, each day, take a musical/textual/representational example and seek a meaningful direction in it.

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