Monday, September 14, 2009

After all, it wasn't a floppy

When is an anachronism not an anachronism? During the opening minutes of a recent presentation I attended I was struck, negatively, by an image of the first generation Kindle circa 2007 as a representation of today’s library environment.

First impressions 'are everything' but sometimes they may be wrong. I reacted to what I felt was a noticeably dated image of technology.  Of course, the fact that I am still pondering this could have been a subtle and succinct way to get across one of the challenges/opportunities of today’s library environment, but somehow I doubt this was the speaker’s plan. And as I think on this further maybe my initial reaction was misdirected. The speaker, in reality, may have been ahead of the curve and simply chose an image that looked like the Kindle they have been using to read on the plane going on two years now. It is also possible it was not that the speaker used an outdated image, but that the original Kindle, to my mind, is simply not elegant.

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