The Extensions of Man, or the Extensions of Google ...

Google sez:Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man : Critical Edition Marshall McLuhanlinks §amazon §alibris">http://www.alibris.com/search/detail.cfm%253FS%253DR%2526isbn%253D1584230738">alibris §booksense §google §powells Official Google Blog: Download the classics: Before the rise of the public library -– a story chronicled in this 1897 edition of The Free Library – access to large collections of books was the privilege of a wealthy minority. Now, with the help of our wonderful library partners, we're able to offer you the ability to download and read PDF versions of out-of-copyright books from some of the world's greatest collections.Of course a lot of this stuff was already free, but now that Google sez it's free, it's not only free, but they're free to advertise near the content, right?Right?Is that still free?Of course, I have advertising on my website, so maybe my website isn't free.How shall we define free?There's gonna be a new music service that allows “free” downloads so long as you look at advertising... but I would say that if they require you to use your time and mind, then it's the least sort of not-free thing there is. It's actually using up the most valuable resource you have. Your brain. Yeah, that one. It splinters your brain.Heck, this makes me want to re-think my whole web-site thingie. I don't want to splinter anybody's brain.Think, think think, think think think (imagine me knocking my fist against my head to think... yeah, like pooh bear... very little brain, but very good brain indeed).Listening to “Pick Up the Phone” by The Notwist from the album Neon Golden on Tags: books | free | freebooks | google | googlebooks | books.google.com | think | thinks. [...]

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