Wikipedia Didn’t Kill Britannica

Windows Did

Tim Carmody

First edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. Photo: Courtesy Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.

The encyclopedia in the living room wasn’t a reference tool so much as aspirational furniture, a sign to visitors but mostly ourselves that our living room wasn’t dedicated in its entirety to that pagan idol television. That we were consecrated to knowledge, aspiring to something more than our surroundings. We didn’t have a computer; we didn’t have Britannica. Our World Books and paperbacks and stacks of the Detroit Free Press would have to do.

Print will survive. Books will survive even longer. It’s print as a marker of prestige that’s dying.

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One Response to “Wikipedia Didn’t Kill Britannica”
  1. Cassie says:

    I agree, I agree, I agree. Love this post. Gives me hope.

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