Kevin Kelly — The Technium
KELLY: Here you are wrong. If you hung out online, you’d find out that the language is not, in fact, flattening; it’s flourishing. At this point in history, most of the evolution of language, most of the richness in language, is happening in this space that we are creating. It’s not happening in novels.
BIRKERTS: I wish some of this marvelous prose could be downloaded and shown to me.
KELLY: You can’t download it. That’s the whole point. You want to download it so that you can read it like a book. But that’s precisely what it can’t be. You want it to be data, but it’s experience. And it’s an experience that you have to have there. When you go on-line, you’re not going to have a book experience.
BIRKERTS: Well, I want a book experience.
KELLY: You think that somehow a book is the height of human achievement. It is not.