‘Are you for or against microfilm?’ Alfred North Whitehead was once asked, and after a moment of reflection he replied in his high‐pitched voice, ‘What a curious question. Why should anyone be either for or against a tool?’ One is not for or against a hammer or a spade. The only question is, will the tool do whatever needs to be done effectively and efficiently? Yet, a mechanical innovation can become a cause célèbre, and an emotional battle is joined between antagonist and protagonist, each with his own band of ardent followers.
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