The library is now a mausoleum of books.

And the book has risen in status.

Walk into any library and the card catalogue no longer exists, and is replaced by random access memory.

There is no need to burn the books, as the card catalogue has been 'burnt' in every library across the globe.

The Great Pagan Library of Alexandria was burnt by the Christians along with the card catalogue. But today we have 'burnt' our own libraries and turned them into mausoleums. And with the greatest of ironies, the book has risen in status.

Under RAM we are retribalising into electronic tribes in the global village. But just as the antidote to traditional tribes is literacy, so the antidote to electronic tribalism is also literacy.

The ironies abound.