[Originally published in The Nashville Free Press, 2009 – a few months before it folded. It also became my first “blog” post.]
The digital hype-machine claims that print culture is dying. News sites chronicle the death of newspapers. Magazines are folding, and book sales plummet by the day. I watch in horror as Web-based media proliferates like a swarm of brain-sucking Roombas.
Let’s hope this is just a phase. There are numerous benefits to print-based media that digital media can never replace.
Physical print lends itself to a type of mental self-discipline that web-culture threatens to erode. Books require—and therefore create a proclivity for—sustained attention. There is no Instant Messenger in a book. There are no hyperlinks, no media players, no video games in the next window…
Read the rest at Confessions of a CyberCasualty