In this article at Technology Review, the author comments on the inevitable transformation of the print world. With technological wonders like Amazon’s Kindle, B&N’s Nook and Sony’s Daily Edition, it appears as though the days of paperboys and printing presses are on their way out the door. Now, I have yet to try read a book or a daily on any of these e-readers, but I have navigated a bit through the Kindle. I must say, it’s quite fantastic. And from what I hear, that’s pretty much the consensus.
I ask you this: is this a good thing? Or is it not? And how so?
My position on the matter is fairly simple: it’s mostly wonderful. Certainly I would express varying levels of sadness and longing for the once prominent musty old bookshops, independent booksellers, and other market alternative of their ilk. There is value in these sorts of enterprises. And I would even argue that they would continue to stay in business for, at the very least, some years to come. But the way in which the world of print media is established and implemented today, and the ever increasing push, nay, demand for technological advancement, it seems like its on the verge of becoming dead in the water.
And I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
I marvel at the innovation and am amazed by the technological prowess. I value the research, the development, the design, the implementation, the production. And I consider the minds, as individuals and as a whole, that brought this all together to be of the utmost importance. Because, at the end of the day, these are the sorts of people that are the most impacting. In pursuance of their dreams, their goals, productivity and self interest, they are, in turn, affecting the greater populace. We, as a people, are better for it. I find that wonderful. So we can thank folks like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and others for this achievement.
I also think there is something to say about the progression of an industry like this. What once was, regardless of your emotional or mental ties, is not always better. And it will change its course, develop and morph over time. It has to.
But ultimately, in the grand scheme of things, I don’t believe that books or magazines or newspapers will simply go away. There is still a strong, concerted effort to keep these print industries going. People love books. And they love them as leathery pages between their fingers. Perhaps, though, this love may change. Perhaps, some time from now, our love will fashion itself within the confines of a slick, techno-super touch screen.
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