Ted Striphas: The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control
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Although the title of Ted Striphas’ latest monograph uses a temporal metaphor, the oft-heralded—and much dreaded—End of the Printed Book is little more than a rhetorical device in The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control. The printed book, Striphas argues, is as vital a medium in the twenty-first century as it was in the twentieth and persists as a key site at which social, cultural, political, and legal struggles affecting ordinary peoples’ ordinary lives are routinely enacted. The sorts of struggles in question, however, are undergoing change—we might even, in fact, be right this second caught in the transition between two different socio-cultural realities—and he labels this period of transformation, “the late age of print,” a coinage borrowed from Jay David Bolter.
It perhaps comes as no surprise, given the author’s scholarly background in electronic media, that he identifies the late age of print as characterized by a struggle between consumer...