The basic building blocks of virtual life
Digitization is the process by which complex units are made simpler by breaking them down into smaller units. (Kirschenbaum, Mechanisms 134)
This passage reminded me of a class discussion earlier in the semester when we were talking about how all life around us is basically like computer code at its core. It's interesting how closely digital code resembles the patterns found in the natural world.
I wish I could think of a thesis statement that tied this concept to the notion of the book as a cultural medium. That's a paper I'd love to write.