the Internet.

Let's talk about Internet accessibility for a minute.
First of all, let's bring in the question of whether or not accessibility to everything in the entire world is really a beneficial aspect of our lives in the 21st century.
This has really only become a topic of discussion in the last few years, and interestingly, we seem to be the first generation who has to worry about the Internet being a vice or a virtue. (If you will.)
I recently had a conversation with a man who spoke of the detrimental effect that the Internet is having on youth, particularly in the case of people looking to the Internet as a source of wisdom, when really it is only a source of knowledge.
And whether or not it is really bringing us “Googlers” true knowledge on what the world is really like is a whole other question.

The world is at our fingertips.

The problem is, the world has now become too accessible, I would argue.

So let’s go back to books shall we?
No. I don’t think we ever can. Not completely anyway.
Not because we don’t shouldn’t, but because we can’t.
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of books for a moment?

Bonnie and Sharelle...this one's for you two.


Blogger Sweet Caroline said...

i agree with you. people still read though.. not everyone, but i know there are people like myself and you who still get down to reading books..
the problem, however, is that the internet takes up too much of our leasure time.. when we could be reading books for enjoyment, we instead turn to the internet because it provides us with pictures and of course, blogs. see, i could be reading a book right now, yet here i am... come to think of it, why i am i on here? i couldn't sleep so i thought i'd surf the internet. i think i'll read a book instead. thanks kristina!

December 04, 2005 11:12 p.m.  
Blogger the tapered pant said...

iiii hate books. and by books i mean the internet. Let's all just pause once more and admire the ignorance of those whom upon being asked for the source of their information they cite "I read it on the internet"...great.

December 06, 2005 6:04 a.m.  
Blogger Spiro said...

true true, but I will say, clicking around on wikipedia does make me thaaaaaaaaaat less ignorant every time I do it.

December 07, 2005 2:49 a.m.  
Blogger Sharelle said...

two things:
one - that photo of the books gives me shivers. isnt that sad? the image of a beautiful antique book makes me so happy.

two - while the internet has the potential to be crap - it also is great. i can google an author and have his biography in like 2 minutes. there is crap on here, but hey - there is also crappy books. so i guess its the wisdom of deciding on the value of each "medium"

wow - sorry that kind of felt like a teacher speech. or an essay. apologies.

December 07, 2005 3:32 p.m.  

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