I knew I was gonna like this forum...
The problem goes far deeper than even the OP indicates. News all around us in being manipulated, and we are buying it hook, line, and sinker.
Books require time to read. In our present situation, most people simply do not have the time to read books. We have to work 40 hours a week (more
like 60 for me) just to make that house payment so we can live somewhere comfortable, make that car payment so we can get to work, pay for the
gasoline to power the car (an expense that is crippling many people), pay for ever-more-expensive food, etc. Then, when we do get some time to
ourselves, it is taken up by the rigors of society: time to go shopping for the latest things so we can fit into society, time to cover social
engagements, cookouts at every major holiday (and holidays are getting pretty regular), school events, and a myriad of other things that take up our
TV is more 'convenient'. It is very easy to click a button while one is doing other things and get your daily dose of news force-fed to you while
you do those other things. It comes complete with pictures, which require less time to assimilate than words.
Radio works the same way, without the distraction of video. Even while driving in rush hour traffic, you can get the latest choreographed information
on what's going on in the world.
But where the real conspiracy lies is the fact that, as pointed out correctly, TV and radio are for the most part scripted information sources. You do
not receive the whole story, only those bits and pieces that the stations deem to be important to you. Thusly, we become mind-numbed robots, believing
what we are told to believe by the moving images and the forceful words. We have the Internet, sure, but that is indeed an overdose of information.
There is more untruth than truth, and while the truth is out there, what can be believed and what should not be?
As someone who has loved books since a young age, I sympathize with the arguments here. I have a growing library myself, of some fiction works, but
mostly of non-fiction. One might say I collect textbooks. Over the last couple of decades, my attention to my library has increased, due to one simple
concern: while the Internet contains more information, what would happen if the Internet should disappear?
Think about it. The Internet is in reality a preciously precarious entity. Computers are susceptible to mechanical breakdowns and malicious software
attacks. The communication lines that form the 'world-wide-web' are also subject to any one of a myriad of problems: earthquakes, water damage,
ionic disruption, people digging holes on their property, etc., etc., etc. And it is a common principle that the more complex a mechanism is, the more
that mechanism is prone to failure of some kind. Even a power outage, which is becoming a more and more common occurrence, effectively wipes out this
wealth of information.
Books, on the other hand, while susceptible to damage form fire, water, etc., can be kept in a more secure location than spread out across the globe.
They do not require electricity or special software to be read. They sit quietly on the shelf, waiting patiently to be accessed whenever needed. I
even have several books that are printouts from the computer, all bound neatly into binders for reference should there be a day when there is no
Another problem with the Internet is that when one has books, one must exercise one's mind to maintain some sort of mental 'card catalog' to
remember where in that library information exists. With the Internet, sites like Google do this for us. We type in a word or phrase and instantly we
are a single click away from the information we want. Convenient to the extreme, but what happens when someone else discovers the cracks in the
software, the ways to manipulate the search engines to give desired results? Then we are right back to where TV and newspapers are, receiving a
scripted dose of daily information every bit as complete as the PTB want it to be.
I wish I had a solution to this problem, but in reality the only solution is for every person to read and learn to think for themselves. I think I
have a sci-fi book somewhere that talks about one alien society doing that... yeah, crazy idea.