Wednesday 25 April 2018

MANUscripts versus DIGIscripts

What a privilege it was to get up close and personal with the handwritten manuscripts of famous writers and musicians. 


Handwritten, an exhibition at the National Library of Australia, placed me a thin layer of glass away from the pen and ink efforts of names like Dickens, Einstein, Machiavelli, Dante, Nightingale, Luther, Darwin, Livingstone, Michelangelo, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven – to name just a few.


While the ‘ten centuries of manuscript treasures’ was awe inspiring (like the 1707 pen strokes of Georg Friedrich Handel above) it did prompt me to ask if the qwerty digital efforts of the current era will be treated with such reverence in future.

Will DIGIscripts command the same interest and respect as MANUscripts? Does it matter?


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