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I agree with Thom's comments, especially his pointing out the fragility and unsustainability of our electricity infrastructure. Overenthusiastic futurists often tend to overlook the economic digital divide that still exists in the world-- so many don't even have access to telephones, let alone computers or the Internet. What bugs me in this debate, as in many others, is that there is an either/or mentality that takes hold. There's no reason that print has to die in order for electronic media to flourish. In fact, these two forms of media can live side by side.

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