David sez, "Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, reads the last paragraph of 'A Manual on Methods of Reproducing Research
Materials' by Robert C. Binkley,
a 1936 book on preserving the media types of the day, which is oddly prescient."
The present generation should not be surprised at the conclusion of a
technological revolution that has as its seed [sic] of a cultural
revolution. Such may indeed be true in this instance. The cultural
revival of the monopoly of the metropolis and the democratization and
deprofessionalization of scholarship are on the horizon which seems to
lie ahead. And these things themselves accord with other elements of
our social and economic prospects, notably the possible decline in the
centralization of population in cities and the development of a new
leisure in the hands of a well-educated people. The same technical
innovations that promise to give aid to the research worker in his
cubicle may also lead the whole population toward participation in a
new cultural design.
(Thanks, David Weinberger!)