posted on Nov, 30 2009 @ 10:29 AM
Originally posted by masqua
I'm responding from my own experience, both as an avid reader and occasional writer. I blame it all on television.
For half a century and two generations now, we have been bombarded by short film clips and sound bites.
The root of it is our desire. The desire to make profit. The desire to be entertained. Looking at it that way, television and cinema are merely
modern, technological manifestations of those desires. I blame people
. I blame society
. Ultimately, we are to blame for our inventions
and our use of them, not our inventions.
The act of reading books has also recently taken a back seat to internet 'browsing'. Because of that, the attention span of the average
reader has been curtailed dramatically.
. What if you're reading a book online? I prefer to have a physical copy, but preference aside what is the difference between reading
online and reading a physical copy?
Concentration or attention span decline, in my opinion, could be better explained (but only in part, due to my time constraints) by a festering
cumulation of mess resulting from a heavy (and for some people constant
) bombardment of signals and data from all
books). This leads to a bubbling storm of needless association in the thought processes. How can you be attentive or concentrate
properly when you can't think about something without simultaneously thinking about something else? I'll spare you the well known Buddhist analogy
about the cup. But as to why it's gotten so bad now
, as opposed to our past, it's probably because we've never before been able to project
or receive this data or these signals on the scale that we are able today. No doubt many technological advancements will be made like this, but
what's happening to our brains?
Originally posted by redoubt
Anyway, just a question to wrap this up:
-> Are you apt to only read articles that contain single sentence paragraphs?
No and don't let anyone tell you that that's how you have to do it unless you really, really need the money. Write how you want to write and accept
very little compromise.