Author: Jonathan Potter

Jonathan Potter lives with his wife, two children, dog, and guinea pig in Spokane, Washington, where he works as a librarian at Eastern Washington University. Potter is the author of House of Words, a collection of poetry published in 2010 by Korrektiv Press, where he also serves as editor and blog contributor. A poem from the collection was featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac in 2011. "The E-Book and the Surveillance Society" is excerpted and adapted from a book length study currently in progress with the working title Text and E-Text: The Changing Media Environment for Readers, Writers, Publishers, and Librarians.

The E-Book and the Surveillance Society

When I embarked on a reading of Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media, in the spring of 2013, a commercial e-book version was not yet available. I located a bootleg PDF copy online somewhere. It was an interesting artifact, not well formatted but possibly useful for copying passages to paste into another document. I could have read the […]