Masterpiece Monitor

At my other blog a while back, we were talking about online research, and the astonishing things that are available online. And it seems Tristram Hunt’s position on the subject got more than one person’s dander up.

Writing in the New York Times, journalist James Gleick mentions Hunt’s snit, and says, “It’s a mistake to deprecate digital images just because they are suddenly everywhere, reproduced so effortlessly. We’re in the habit of associating value with scarcity, but the digital world unlinks them.”

A discussion of that statement is a whole other blog post, but for now you can read what Gleick thinks here. He says the old relics—like this copy of Magna Carta—are only talismans: “The real Magna Carta, the great charter of human rights and liberty, is available free online, where it is safely preserved. It cannot be lost or destroyed.” (To which I would add, sir, the real Magna Carta exists not on paper or online, but in our hearts.)

One of 4 known surviving 1215 exemplars of Magna Carta. (From Wikipedia; provided by the British Library.)

One of 4 known surviving 1215 exemplars of Magna Carta. (From Wikipedia; provided by the British Library.)

Want to know about some of the beautiful things you can see up close these days? Check these out:

I’m sure there’s more—so do let me know in the comments.

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