Levinson (2005). The First Digital Medium. (“The Soft Edge”, Chapter 2)

“Literacy probably constitutes the most significant monopoly of knowledge in human history. Our public education system is in effect predicated on breaking that monopoly of knowledge, or making sure it does not arise in the first place. Our open democratic society believes, quite rightly, that having access to knowledge of the day — not only via broadcast media available in this century, but to older, printed modes of communication that still provide the most depth of detail and analysis — is a cornerstone of healthy political existence.” (p 12)

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Levinson (2005). Survival of the Media Fit. (“The Soft Edge”, Chapter 9)

“The technological stage was set for motion photography to be more than a photocopy of life in action: scenes that followed one another in the real world could now be separated on film; scenes that had no connection in the real world could be brought together in the motion [page break] picture; and all at the behest of the filmmaker’s inner vision, via the expedient of a splice.” (p 96-97)

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