Sunday, September 23, 2007

J. G. Ballard hates computers

According to The Guardian, J. G. Ballard claims that “I don't think a great book has yet been written on computer.” The comment comes as part of the paper’s series of photos of writers’ workspaces. Here’s Ballard’s:

J. G. Ballard]s writing space
This comment strikes me as extremely bizarre, particularly the assumption that underpins it: that it’s possible to tell what technology has was used in the composition of a text. (Ballard claims that he writes his books out in longhand.) This sort of thing is typical of technology extremists, and, as is often the case, they are based on unverifiable assumptions. The only out for him that I can think of is that, as an author, he actually knows other authors and may have inside knowledge about their composing processes.

Via Boing Boing

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