Multiple erroneous assumptions in your argument.
You equate the use of electronic technology to pass information as becoming "a lazy pile of slops." we have found an easier, faster, cheaper and better way of doing something. This does not make us lazy.
Human progress is all about making life simpler.
Would you rather that we remained in caves and cooked our food over fires because that life is 'tougher' than this easy, civilized life?
That is what you are suggesting when you say that not purchasing hard copy books makes us lazy. In any case, how is reading on a Kindle any less effort to reading a n actual book. Do you mean to say that because a book is heavier, it makes us 'less lazy'. I really don't understand your point about laziness, or how it relates to the Kindle.
Next, Borders closing down. Hey, capitalism! Make your product better than your competitor or you will go out of business. Borders does a booming trade selling ebooks themselves. Sure it's sad that employees are losing jobs, but why stick to an old relic of a system, when this new shiny one works better, faster and easier than before?
"Much of a nation's history was recorded by hand, and carefully reproduced. I fear if books become a collector's item, a thing of the past, what will happen to our written history? " So was the invention of the typewriter similar in that it made the previous mode of transference of ideas obsolete? Today the typewriter (and printer) have become obsolete with the computer and the ebook. Progress, once again, Just because we did it slowly and stupidly before, doesn't mean that we have to stick to that way.
"A Kindle will not give you that special musty but wonderful smell. You will not be exposed to a book's age due to the foxing. A book is a dear companion. A Kindle is programmed to screw with your head, making you think it is more desirable. It's crap, a terrible, horrible idea."Hmm.. I agree with you about the value of an old book, a book loved by it's various readers, a book that smells like life. But the environmental impact of these books negates the warm fuzzy feelings you get out of holding a real book. Save the environment, that's more important. And finally, how exactly does the Kindle mess with your head? It's a tool, just like a hammer, or, for that matter, a book. It is not 'programmed' to do anything to your head other that to display the texts you put on it. You have also ignored the various advantages of the Kindle I mentioned earlier.
If it's bookshops closing that concern you, then Amazon and online shopping in general are the problem, not ebooks.
You’re only fifteen. You have not seen the changes I’ve seen, and rapidly, if I may say so. So not say I’m assuming anything when you haven’t lived as long as I have. By my standards, you have already proven yourself wrong by this single statement, and proven my point.
You’re basically telling me, pushing a few buttons is progress? Are you kidding me? I bet you use an online dictionary? Give me a break.
Progress is science and evolution. When we learned about inoculations - vaccines - in the mid 1700s - that break through was progress. Progress is extending the natural life. Do humans need lamps and light bulbs? Nope. Do I need a TV, AC, a fan or a computer to live a happy and healthy life. I think not. There is a clear difference, and if you cannot understand, it’s because society has brainwashed you. You were born in a generation of inventions at its peak, and still accelerating.
If you support a Kindle than you support the closure of libraries and book stores. It’s as simple as that.
Really? I don’t know about you, but I can finish a little 300 page novel in about four hours. I fail to understand your point how this device is superior over a book, when you can do the same thing. Unless Scoliosis is an issue, the weight of a book will become mediocre after a period of time. It’s called “muscle memory.”
I shamefully cannot write free-hand for stories, or really anything anymore. I’m trained to depend on my computer to write well. When I attempt to write free-hand, my mind almost always locks up. It’s very discouraging. I know others share my dilemma. All because of Progress…
Fishr wrote:Unless Scoliosis is an issue, the weight of a book will become mediocre after a period of time. It’s called “muscle memory.”
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