The research is definitely beginning to back this up, showing that paper is a mnemonically superior medium.
I certainly share the love (and serendipitous necessity) of browsing the stacks. When libraries go automated retrieval systems, it truly hurts us as a society.
@Shufei when I was a journalist, investigative projects were dependent on examination of paper, of seeing associations and connections you wouldn't see otherwise. data is nice but has caveats. with a browser search you replace your own brain and eyes with someone else's unknown algorithm sweeping unknown data which, as you correctly point out, is limited. To me, nothing more fun than to go through Registry of Deeds books looking for hidden shell corporations! cheers, g
A good point to stress. These algorithms can both intentionally obfuscate and obfuscate via the "wisdom" of crowds, intensifying biases and received opinions.
I'm further concerned about the dubious fidelity of much OCR texts. Many Chinese manuscripts have enormously high error rates when so scanned, I've found, rendering them only useful as a first run search, and certainly not for reading.
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