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Rough Type: Nicholas Carr’s Blog: Words in stone and on the wind

Nicholas Carr argues that the “advantage” (yes, those are air quotes) of the physically printed word vs the digital is that it has typographical fixity.

At the simplest and most fundamental level, typographical fixity means that when you have a page printed in ink, you’re able to trust that the page will maintain its integrity; when you pick it up tomorrow, or twenty years from now, its contents will be the same as what you see today. The printing press didn’t create this type of fixity – it was there with the scribal book, the scroll, and certainly the stone tablet – but it did extend it into the modern age.