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