No Free Lunch

William J. Mitchell: Every advantage of a new information medium brings with it a potential disadvantage. After 9/11, for example, "in a networked, electronically interconnected world, there is no fundamental difference between addresses and targets" (Me++, 5).

Landow's First Law of Media:

No Free Lunch! Every gain comes with a loss; every loss with a possible gain.

Look, for example, at presence vs. absence, speech vs writing, writing vs printing, hypertext vs streaming video . . .

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