December 30, 2009
News & Opinion: The Future of Reading
Kind of puts things into perspective.
The article quotes Nicholas Carr (author of the Big Switch): "When printed books first became popular, thanks to Gutenberg's press, you saw this great expansion of eloquence and experimentation, all of which came out of the fact that here was a technology that encouraged people to read deeply, with great concentration and focus. And as we move to the new technology of the screen ... it has a very different effect, an almost opposite effect, and you will see a retreat from the sophistication and eloquence that characterized the printed page."
Neary goes on to talk about the different mediums, like Twitter Books, that authors and their readers have turned to in order to get people to read. Gimmicks, links, correspondence with other consumers and so forth and so on.... are now common staples that help to keep things entertaining and ensure that things will get read.
Will this always be? Will the future of the written word keep changing and morphing?
What do you think?
For more on this - read the NPR article HERE
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.