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Tuesday, December 9, 2008 10:23 am
Thought for the Day
Posted by: Keir Graff

Nobel laureate Jean-Marie Gustave le Clézio, speaking at the Swedish Academy (Le Clézio uses Nobel lecture to attack information poverty,” by Richard Lea, The Guardian):

“To provide nearly everyone on the planet with a liquid crystal display is utopian,” he said. “Are we not, therefore, in the process of creating a new elite, of drawing a new line to divide the world between those who have access to communication and knowledge, and those who are left out?”

For Le Clézio, the book, despite its old-fashioned appearance, remains the best tool for disseminating information to the furthest corners of the planet.

“It is practical, easy to handle, economical,” he said. “It does not require any particular technological prowess, and keeps well in any climate.”

(Via Shelf Awareness.)

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