Ed Driscoll

"What I Really Want Is Information, Not Wastepaper"

Forty years ago, Arthur C. Clarke, with a film he co-wrote called 2001: A Space Odyssey about to be released the following year, was asked to speak at the annual meeting in Manhattan of the American Institute of Architects. Among the many futuristic predictions he offered were these glimpses that sound astonishingly prescient in retrospect:

Newspapers will, I think, receive their final body blow from these new communications techniques. I take a dim view of staggering home every Sunday with five pounds of wood pulp on my arm, when what I really want is information, not wastepaper. How I look forward to the day when I can press a button and get any type of news, editorials, book and theater reviews, etc., merely by dialing the right channel.

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