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Humanist Archives: Oct. 17, 2022, 6:34 a.m. Humanist 36.215 - on browsing and affection

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 215.
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        Date: 2022-10-16 19:41:04+00:00
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        Subject: On Browsing and Affection


This snippet from a recent publication from small Canadian publisher Biblioasis
struck a note. In _On Browsing_ Jason Guriel contends:


[T]he algorithm doesn't operate from a place of affection.


Leaning on his memory of physical locations, Guriel praises curation, lauds
serendipity, and pays tribute to the affordances that assist one in slowing
down. By the end of the short book that sets browsing the physical against
scrolling screens, Guriel himself deconstructs his dichotomy and imagines
succeeding generations of late adopters immune to the enchantments of speedy
consumption. He is quite eloquent on the need to create one’s archive as a hedge
against the disappearance of artefacts accessed by streaming alone. In the end,
he intimates that old practices of caring for the physical are transferable to
the purely digital.

François Lachance, Ph.d.
Life cannot be told.
It is lived in the telling.

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