The Gutenberg Clock


A few months ago, I found the album Heartland by Owen Pallett on my phone.  It was strange that I had no memory of ever purchasing this album, but it was stranger still that I unwittingly carried around what ten years ago would have been a physical CD’s worth of music in my pocket for several years as I traveled all over the world.  It followed me to China, it followed me to Mt. Rushmore, it was in my pocket on every rainy day and every bus ride, yet I didn’t even know it.  It’s always interesting to look at this little supercomputer in my pocket when a subway or airplane ride disconnects me from the outside world and see how much information I really carry with me at all times.  What once took an entire library to store can now fit into a pocket-sized player.

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