Quotation by Joshua Meyrowitz

The difference between digital and analogic forms is exemplified in the two different types of watches and clocks now available. A digital watch presents the time in discrete units. It is either 12:57 or 12:58 (or some discrete unit in between, such as 12:57 and 10 seconds as opposed to 12:57 and 11 seconds). With the analogic watch, however, time is continuous. A person who sees the time as "12:57 and 10 seconds" on a digital watch, may see the time as "about one o'clock" on an analogic watch. A similar difference exists between a digital calculator and the analogic slide rule. The slide rule is excellent for making "approximations," but it cannot yield precise digital data.
Joshua Meyrowitz, U.S. educator, media critic. "The Blurring of Public and Private Behaviors," No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior, Oxford University Press (1985).
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