Herd mentality: Research led by the University of Exeter has shown that individuals have evolved to be overly influenced by their neighbours rather than rely on their own instinct. This has made the life difficult for ignorants like me, stopping with shop carts to wait for my wife who dives into wonders of lingerie discount booth in store, and I’m overrun by a herd rushing to share the loot.
Teleporting: Scientists from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam create a machine which can scan an object, deconstructing it in the process, then transmit it over the internet and recreate it anywhere in the world using a 3D printer. So any man in the future family visiting mother-in-law Star Trek style may notice that cheapskate in the far end runs out of ‘ink’ just before your head.
Giving boot or booting the book?
Found these articles about issues of interest:
It may be too easy to shrug this of as old generations’ constant worry about the new ones in a way that invention of automobiles would corrupt feet. But there is something in this discussion, so much that I enjoyed reading it because these questions have been just waiting there for their inevitable appearing. And if you read the articles, in the end it is not the question of convicting ways of enjoying literature, but of adapting.
So what’s the fuss?
Is it the endless flow of researchs pointing to growing and spreading impatience caused by life dominated by digital gadgets conveying the excess wealth of information? The read-and-share-and-go? I’m inclined to agree to the level that longread style might have its dilemma inside current era, not to mention ‘heavy’ deep literature. On the other hand, I’m also inclined to think digital readers are just part of the vehicle continuum, all the way from rock walls to clay tablets, scrolls to books and so forth. Unfortunately there is clear indication that digital era generations are more impatient within raging information flow from shining gadgets(right, to be fair I should find links to any relevant research). It’s a more complicated world demanding that everyone looks busy without having to recharge the batteries, or motivation, interrupting reading of ‘War and Peace’. At that point actually concentrating on those ‘heavy’ books may be therapeutic and I’m convinced they are still given the same amount of time as if they were physical brick style, be it more intermittent and fragmented than before or not.
Pointing to research mentioned in articles, of course possible poor recalling of the events in e-book, compared to physical version, sounds a bit dangerous because of spreading eager to move the whole education into e-world. But in fiction, it is all about the groups of audience, the very same groups that are born divided by style and genre of books. You read the heavy classic if you like the genre and style, from the scroll or book or display. You read a ‘quick’ pocket paperback similarly if you prefer them. Of course there is resistance group strictly preferring physical books but even the hardest pro e-book zealot may still have a physical bookcase. It is only a matter of conjecture if future generations will change it.
Considering the process of ‘lite’, or ‘easy’, versions… Well, there have been those around in book clubs, it’s nothing new and I think that where it is the matter of offering quick solution to masses(use adjectives of your own), it’s up to the authors to decide if their works can happily keep the integrity in the modifying pressure of compression.
That’s awful lot of words so better to reveal that I read news from displays and fiction from hard/paperbacks. Mostly, and it is just a matter of habit and the lack of decent reader device.