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Jesse Adams Stein

-first-century government documents are now digital phenomena: ‘PDFs’, websites and e-books. The solemn authority that had been afforded to the tangible printed object has slipped from our grasp and once-respected institutions such as ‘Government Printing Offices’ now seem quaint and obscure. As the last vestiges of paper-based print culture appeared to disintegrate into ephemeral digital data, I began to wonder about the harbingers of this major shift. Who and what were the early casualties of the ‘digital switch’, and who was carried along with the tide? Significant technological

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Jesse Adams Stein

through the building. Inside, I found very little that recognisably connected to the Gov. Whole rooms were filled with servers and cables, whirring with digital activity; workers were scarce. Nevertheless, there was some continuity in the building’s use as a repository for information, except information was no longer held in formes of metal MUP_Stein_Printer2.indd 67 10/08/2016 15:39 68 Image, space, voice type and rows of bound volumes. Rather, information exists as ungraspable digital data in computer servers, and it is controlled privately, not as a public

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