Help me catch back up with our book of the month program and make it awesome! Wouldn't it be awesome if each month we have hundreds of people on this website reading the same book around the same time and chatting about it?!
InOnePhrase wrote:perusaphone wrote:So, if one wants and needs to be a clone and join the 21st century and have everything done for you, simplified and electronically sterile, then go for it, a great many do not want it..... !!!
Are people who listen to music on iTunes instead of buying vinyl records "clones"? They're experiencing the same art, the same information is being fired into them. The only arguments I've heard against e-books seem emotional, as fear of the future always is. Paper books won't exist in a few generations, and I don't think that's sad at all; the content of books will be the same as it always was.
perusaphone wrote: Basically speaking yes, I give you the factual evidence of a recent Inquest into why young boy died because of earphones stuck in his ears as he cycled along the highway, apparently police found the volume at the maximum level possible. Probably unable to hear the traffic and at independent risk because of his isolation within himself whilst listening to the MP3 player. The classic irritation to others by the incessant squealing and ticking on buses, trains etc as unthinking, invariably youthful people enjoy their selfish pleasures. It has the same effect as transistor radios etc on played selfishly loudly at beaches and gardens, whilst to others surrounding the babel like noise, have to put up with it until tempers fray and court cases ensue.
I personally do not have an axe to grind about technology, I find it rather amusing as 'Lemming like', the populace spend their hard earned on the latest must have for the fleeting moment of their existence, that is, until it gets superceded by yet a more expensive commodity.
However, at least people are actually reading however it is done, many do not, either books or electronic versions and, as a result, the educational standards drop away rapidly with each successive generation. The electronically
induced, vacuous mindset of at least two generation now with the preponderance of 'gaming pastimes' that also become a solitary vice that encompasses the person for hours. What is the inevitable result of these people? we shall not know for years, as they shrink into their own worlds of robotic gameplay. The parameters of each game are defined already by the manufacturers, so nothing is actually gained in finding out anything new, just that after sorting the thing, one has to get another, much like an addiction
I have any number of vinyl records, the pleasure of reading sleeve notes and handling the records is something that nearly, recently made a comeback, oddly backed by musicians themselves for quality of reproduction sounds. MP3 players are a reduced quality purveyor of recordings due to their inherent compression. I find any MP3 player a distraction as evidenced in the thread about listening to music as one writes.
Maybe I am biased because of an old film made in Britain back when, the film entitled 'Logans Run' came out, but, may I suggest you look up a copy and witness the root cause of my influenced meanderings.