Originally posted by VelmaLu
Is someone better read because they read one or two books a year versus someone who reads 100 magazines, or 5,000 web pages?
It depends, doesn't it? Which books, which websites. You could could compare, say someone who reads Plutarch's Lives Of Illustrious Men
with someone who is downloading 5000 pages of donkey shows and alieo-sexual roboporn.............
Or somebody who only reads the same three Bronte books over and over with someone who is taking an online chemistry course.
Frankly, most of the junk science, junk religion et al is online. Most websites either have no sources, or user modified content, which is next to
useless if you are doing any kind of serious research.
The statistics don't really show us how many people read extensively for their career, but do not read for pleasure. It doesn't not show how many
people listen to books on tape. It certainly doesn't demonstrate how many people read a newspaper every day.
I'd be willing to bet that most of the types you just listed are at least occasional book readers.
Books are a dead -- and rightfully should be. They are a one-way communication device, slow, expensive, heavy and wasteful. Browsing a book store to
find something to read may be entertaining, but is not the best way to garner information about a topic.
Books are dead to some
. But the internet is "dead" to even more humans--they just happen to be humans that don't count as much due to their
poverty or non-hip geographical location in the other 1/2 of the planet.
So what is the best way to "gather information" on a topic? If you're going to restore a 71 chevelle, will you find the info you need on line?
How serious of a JFK assassination researcher will you be, using only websites and NO books?
As far as books being, um "slow, expensive, heavy and wasteful" goes, how much does your internet connection cost? And it may seem wasteful to
store information on the pulp of dead trees, but that waste is also a safety feature:
Books don't crash. They don't require a web connection or batteries. You can read one on a plane when all other electronic devices must be turned
off and stowed. you are even allowed to read one in many jails and prisons. Not to many laptops in lockdown.
Once you own a book its yours. No subscription, no connection.
If you look at the vast amount of information on this website alone, the exchange of ideas, the free-flow of topics, you begin to see why books are a
thing of the past.
There are very few new titles published every year because the prospect of publishing and marketing a book is extremely expensive, as well as risky.
Therefore, many good books never see print because they will not guarantee a return for the publisher. Relying on books for information only
perpetuates this exclusionary industry which prevents countless good ideas from seeing print. And, it's not good for the environment.
Reading a book for pleasure is understandable, but to equate that with some sort of intellectual achievement is ridiculous. Many people seek to get
their information in more expeditious manner.