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Does CD-ROM have anything to offer other art forms?

Multimedia will become more book-like, something with which you can curl up in bed and either have a conversation or be told a story. Multimedia will someday be as subtle and rich as the feel of paper and the smell of leather.
Nicholas Negroponte Being Digital, 1995

Print stays itself, electronic text replaces itself. With electronic text we are always painting, each screen washing away what was and replacing it with itself. The shadow of each dead letter provides the living form of what replaces it.
Michael Joyce `(Re)placing the author' 1996

It could be that, faced with the choice between univocal and polyvocal, linear and `open', reader will opt for the more traditional package; that the reading act will remain rooted in the original giver-receiver premise because this offers readers something they want: a change to subject the anarchic subjectivity to another's disciplined imagination, a chance to be taken in unsuspected directions under the guidance of some singular sensibility.
Sven Birkerts Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age, 1994

The activity of a visit to the Louvre on CD-ROM bears a strong resemblance to a visit to the Louvre in real life: one walks by, or clicks by, painting after painting, sculpture after sculpture, vase after vase. What the CD-ROM reproduces with fascinating fidelity is not, it seems to me, the objects - but the activity of the visit...
[Postcards] The pictures are almost always in color, often in a particularly bright, high-contrast palette, moving toward the eerily cheery, over-lighted aesthetic of World Wide Web. [all same size]
Marlena Corcoran `Digital transformations of time' 1996

The problem with computers is that there is not enough Africa in them.
Brian Eno