Wednesday, November 13, 2013

In other words, "dumb books down for short attention spans"

I've got nothing against graphic novels, comics, or video. However, I do object to Shawn Graham's notion that everything has to be a mass of pictures, animations, and hyperlinks--because we've simply become too fragmented to actually engage in the old-fashioned act of reading:

"Forgive me for going all Jerry Seinfeld, but what’s the deal with e-books? 

Instead of harnessing the power of tablets and other mobile devices, we’re often left looking at something that is more or less a scanned-in version of a hard copy book…. 
As more and more books move to mobile devices and we continue to blur the lines between our physical and virtual worlds, I think it’s a pretty safe bet that our stories are only going to become more visual, shorter, and a lot more interactive."
Despite all the Internet-meme babble, what Graham really means is "dumbed down". 

I should note that Fast Company is a technology magazine for the Internet- and gadget-obessed, not a magazine for readers or academics--so one must consider the source.

YouTube and video games have their place. But they won't replace War and Peace. Nor will they replace your college textbooks.