[lg policy] flying books can be dangerous

Dennis Baron debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Thu Aug 12 02:44:33 UTC 2010

There's a new post on the Web of Language:  Flying books can be  

The take-off and landing mantra--"At this time please turn off all  
electronic devices and return your seat backs and tray tables to their  
full upright positions"--is as familiar to fliers as the Miranda  
warning is to criminals and fans of "Law and Order." But when Amazon  
brought out its Kindle ebook reader in 2007, one prescient blogger  
warned that the traditional formula would soon change: "'Please turn  
off your book for takeoff' is going to be a real wake-up call for  
early adopters who think they don't need to carry a book anymore," a  
sentiment that was echoed in a New Yorker cartoon last Spring. Readers  
of conventional books thought they were sitting pretty, that they  
could read on a plane anytime they wanted. But it turns out that  
flying books can be dangerous too.

read why on the Web of Language: http://bit.ly/weblan
Dennis Baron
Professor of English and Linguistics
Department of English
University of Illinois
608 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

office: 217-244-0568
fax: 217-333-4321


read the Web of Language:

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