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From MANUALS to YOUTUBE
A new section from Stewart Brand's Maintenance on Books in Progress
Stewart Brand writes in his newest section, this one on the role of the manual:
Once a device has a large enough user base, two manuals are often considered essential. One is the shop manual that comes from the manufacturer. The second is an emergent third-party manual that goes deeper and wider, often with an artfulness and outsider attitude that the manufacturer would never dare to display. Robert Persig carried two manuals on his motorcycle along with his tools—the Shop Manual from Honda for the specifics of his Super Hawk and Chilton’s Motorcycle Troubleshooting Guide for the then-current state of the art of motorcycle maintenance.