On Digital Reluctance
Sitting on the tube this morning reading Noam Chomsky’s Doctrines and Visions I came across a note I wanted to look up. I flipped to the back of the book (this took approx. 2 seconds) only to find a direction to www.happybirthdaypenguin.co.uk which is where the notes are located. Frustrated I put the book down and closed my eyes.
Once I had reached a computer I visited the given address, only to find the predictable marketing gloss of a flash-based website. After about a minute I found the notes, but by this point I’d forgotten the sentence to which the note referred. Isn’t this the worst of both worlds? I understand why they thought it would be a good idea, but this approach just alienated me as a reader. I have bought the book, so am I not entitled to the full text, including the notes, wherever I am? I can’t believe it’s what the author would want.