I was thinking to myself the other day…about a series of things I wanted to be vocal about. I took a look around me briefly, shaking my head at how sometimes what can be perceived as an “Advancement” in society, can also very well be a contributing factor to its downfall. I’m all for making life a bit easier and more convenient in certain aspects, but never would I suggest crippling ideas and inventions to us as a people. With that being said, I’d like to say, I’m not a fan of E-Books…its not something I’m sorry about either [haha], and I’d like to tell you why…
E-Books to me–
Eh, just aren’t something I fancy much, due to its lack of purpose. The same way I can carry around a E-reader (ie: Kindle, Nook, Sony) I can surely carry a hand-held book. You’d generally find most people reading chapter books anyway (which are usually portable all the same). I miss that. Being on the train, or bus or somewhere public, and the book pretty much advertising itself from afar. A great way to converse and strike up discussion. I miss those good ole days. I’m not sure about a many of you, but I’ve always loved the smell of fresh new books…crisp pages and newly printed ink. Or even an outdated book at the library that shows it’s age. I used to wonder, how many people may have picked up this very same book? How much good and use it must have been for so many others. Ah, just reminds me of the first day of school, freshly chiseled pencils that smelled like wood, the aroma of a new book bag smelled like new sneakers [haha] and the sound of binders clamping open and shut when attaching loose leaf paper. Am I the only one in this? I must say though, mechanical pencils surely are one of the many “advances” I mentioned being in favor of. Reduces the need for trees…recycled paper is cool too. Recycled anything is great!
So that I’m not drifting off topic here [LOL]
It just makes me wonder, how much good is it doing on our eyes to ALWAYS be in front of a screen all day? From our computers/laptops, to our cell phones, Ipads, Ipods, and now E-Book readers? I mean seriously…c’mon! [Haha]. Even in regards to those with poor eyesight (generally speaking the elderly etc), one would argue that the large print would make matters easier on them. Well folks, yet another problem solved, they have books out now with larger text. You can even order it that way by preference. I got it in the mail the other day as a promo with this novel story attached, it was pretty cool. I’m not against technology, I’m just not for pointless gadgets. As a marketer, I can easily say from my perspective and miniature experience with marketing even prior to SFI, that it just seems like another marketing plot. Granted there are a ton of different things making the web, but I question, what will you do if there were ever to be a blackout? If your screen got wet? Damaged battery? Oh, oh I know…cracked screen!? Ah…ah? Anyone? I know…SPEND MORE MONEY ON REPAIRS AND REPLACEMENTS. Minus the blackout, not much you can do about that [lol]. Don’t get me wrong, they are cool looking! I’m not trying to be mean here, but realistic. I’m not into conning people or believing the hype. You’ll take notice to that about me when indulging in more of my writings :D. I’m more of a leader, not a follower. But I know that if my book rips, I simply tape it. If water spills on it, I simply dry it. Should the pages crinkle, I iron it [haha just kidding]. My point is, I don’t want the future generations to miss out on the foundation and pillars of what brings us all here today, not just books. Growing up (and still growing Hehe), I was able to appreciate the things before me, beside me, and what’s soon to come…but not if it’s a mechanism to again, contribute to our downfall as humans and how we perceive and interact with one another. Have you taken a look at our youth these days? Let’s be sure to implement structure and useful benefits people, that will keep us strong and growing. Not slow in pace and lazy. I hope I’m not misinterpreted. Feel free to leave your thoughts below.
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