Periodic Lectures: Ellen Lupton on D.I.Y. Career Paths

Lupton, in the final chapter of her lecture, shared her opinion on digital e-reader’s through a love story with a Kindle, ending in an affair with an iPad. She spoke about the seductiveness of the iPads interface, despite Kindle’s ability to be taken to the beach on a sunny day. “But then she meets iPad. She touches his skin and he responds. Now every time she touches Kindle, he doesn’t do anything and just lays there. She decides to go to bed with iPad. Who goes to the beach, any way?” But does this story have a happy ending for the iPad? Well, not quite. In a final illustration, the girl is holding an iPhone and the text reads “…she is a slut.”

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