1. Linguist Geoff Nunberg on the metadata of de Tocqueville’s Democracy In America:

In the old days, it was just a tool for getting to the stuff you were really interested in. Think how much metadata you had to wade through to find a passage about drunkenness in Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America — looking up the book in the library card catalog, writing down its call number, finding it on the shelves, searching for “drunkenness” in the index, then finally turning to the page you’re after.

    Linguist Geoff Nunberg on the metadata of de Tocqueville’s Democracy In America:

    In the old days, it was just a tool for getting to the stuff you were really interested in. Think how much metadata you had to wade through to find a passage about drunkenness in Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America — looking up the book in the library card catalog, writing down its call number, finding it on the shelves, searching for “drunkenness” in the index, then finally turning to the page you’re after.

  2. Fresh Air

    Commentary

    Geoff Nunberg

    Metadata

    Drunkenness

    De Tocqueville