Two human chains from the basement to the upper floors evacuate books while the servers ride the elevator. This interplay of electronic and paper resources is a side drama as the 500 year flood comes down on the campus. Some suggestion of a human network is at work as the line of 100 volunteers shifts speed and snakes to new locations.
churn or dissolve
“While a simplistic egalitarianism would propose that participatory media flatten all creative hierarchies, the reality is that many are content to engage with and develop a pre-existing fiction, and have no desire to originate such.”
Authorial rights to conceptual works are in increasing churn in the strange shadow of the electronic dissolve of the physical and bibliographic integrity of the book. The simple displacement of physical objects as a medium of transmission has only complicated and disguised our situation. In the medieval period every thing was an exemplar yet no thing was capable of its own photo surrogation. The idea of an exemplar as its own photo master could not exist. Some how the efficiency of transmitting conceptual works via physical objects was better understood then than now.
the disaster of inconvenience
Officially remorse for inconveniences is everywhere but not a mention of the dangers of disconnection. But the dangers of disconnection are why sandbag crews and human chains invent their own societies; they are not concerned with inconvenience but with disconnection. There is special concern with disconnection from purpose and a hunger to know that selfless acts are selfless.
The rambling steampunk
enclave votex funnels and retracts like a tornado breeder cloud. But it appears somewhat unaware of the role of the book prior to the keyboard or to the mechanical keyboard era of the book. There is a need for authentic post-electronic fantasy.