9.287 virtuality

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Sun, 12 Nov 1995 11:49:39 -0500 (EST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 287.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)

[1] From: James O'Donnell <jod@ccat.sas.upenn.edu> (9)
Subject: virtuality triumphs

I am writing an article tonight; I need the title and publication date of
a book. The book is in the next room, about 10 feet from where I sit. I
do not budge from my place, for it is easier to click on an icon and go
to the on-line catalogue of my university's library, snatch the
information, and dart back window-to-window to insert the information in
a footnote. I report this only as a datum in the history of laziness and
the technologies we work so hard to construct to support that laziness.

Jim O'Donnell
Classics, U. of Penn