reply to post by Grifter42
It's funny you should mention this, and it reminds me of something i have been noticing:
When i am going through Google Reader (specifically CNN), I can't tell you how many times i click on a compelling title only to be directed to a CNN
Even on ATS, it seems that a large number of people are posting threads with "Video (Stories)."
Now, i grew up an avid reader. I studied journalism. I prefer to read, even though I LOVE Movies/film (and work in the industry). But i HATE watching
videos on the computer/web, and i loathe video stories.
It does seem like most people would rather be immersed in hot media like video stories versus cooler media like print. What does this say about out
culture? I think you touched on it in your OP. I don't think it's so much "they" (the media) as much as they are adapting themselves to technological
evolution within our culture.
When i click on a title and and am brought to a "video story" i immediately click out. One thing, a video story requires X amount of time to view it
(if viewed in its entirety), but one can read print at one's own pace. I can skim, re-read, skip to the end, etc, a lot easier. In such a fast-paced
technological world, it is easier (and more enjoyable, for me) to read. The video stories feel like "entertainment" and like i am wasting time.
I think the emergence and prevalence of this video culture speaks both to people's lifestyles (and our culture) and changing brain chemistry. TV video
is hot; it doesn't require as much thinking/participation, and it allows the user to me more passive, which is a negative, I think.
In additional, many people's attention spans are getting shorter, so videos helps maintain that attention versus, say, the attentive dedication
required to read a book.
As an aside, i do not own an e-reader, and i have generally been against them simply because i like physical books and digital reading takes its toll
on my eyes (and attention). The feel, the smell, i can underline, highlight, make notes. BUT, i am starting to see where they might come in handy: one
can pack a whole library into one tablet-sized device, and i generally like to carry several books around, which can be difficult when they are large
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