Sunday Book-Thought 125

My argument, then, is this: computers are unique in the history of writing technologies in that they present a premeditated material environment built and engineered to propagate an illusion of immateriality; the digital nature of computational representation is precisely what enables this illusion – or else call it a working model – of immaterial behavior.
Matthew G. KirschenbaumMechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008), p. 135.

Sunday Book-Thought 120

A poem written on a typewriter is not merely a series of words delivered via a mechanical writing device, and for that matter, neither is the typewriter merely a mechanical writing device. Instead, these poems express and enact a poetics of the remarkably varied material specificities of the typewriter as a particular kind of mechanical writing interface that necessarily inflects both how and what one writes.
Lori Emerson, Reading Writing Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014), p. 88.