“The Internet vs. Books”

Beau Friedlander, the editor in chief of AirAmerica.com wrote an interesting piece in the November 9, 2008 Los Angeles Times, entitled “The Internet vs. Books: Peaceful Coexistence” (http://www.latimes.com/features/books/la-ca-gutenberg9-2008nov09,0,7124141,print.story).  The title says it all, but it’s interesting to read other writers’ views on using the internet.  I use it for research, marketing and keeping in touch with people.  I don’t do a lot of surfing.  What I find is that the internet is a hungry beast and devours an incredible amount of time. 

As for books, I love books.  Love, love, love them.   I live amidst piles of them of all kinds.  I doubt books will disappear anytime soon in spite of the internet and e-readers.  Holding a book is like holding the ideas and words, hopes and dreams of one person in one’s hands, all the possibilities of the human condition and all the stories….


One response to ““The Internet vs. Books”

  1. Fabulous article. I’m reminded of a famous quote from Socrates: “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”

    I happen to feel that those who don’t ride the wave of change will be swallowed by it, but those who don’t pay attention to history will fail to learn from it. No form of media is the right one or the wrong one; you can learn and use all of them, in the right place and at the right time.

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