Thursday, September 11, 2008

Books are dead

You know what I'm tired of hearing about? Books. Everyone says, "go read a book" or "the book was better" or "you know what society's problem is, we don't read enough books."


Books are dead. They are an antiquated form of communication. Outdated in method, synchronous, and not very efficient. I can get 95% of what is in a book in a two hour documentary, 30 minutes Googling the info I need, or in about 2 minutes of someone explaining what I need to know. Film, the internet, and phones have books by the balls.

Sure, there are you "fiction" readers. I hate fiction. What does fiction have to do with real life? Nothing. It's a waste of my time. Sorry for those of you that like well penned prose. My suggestion? Find a few intelligent blogs to read. Your time would be much more well spent.


Mike said...

I have to disagree. Books are the only things that are truly written at an advanced vocabulary level. Newspapers (other than the New York Times) are written at a 6th grade level. The writing on every blog (ie. Lantzipedia) is about the same. Documentaries might discuss an advanced topic but the context they use to paint their pictures are often very juvenile. I will agree that books in the paper form might diminish some, only to be replaced by ebooks, mp3 books and books on CD. This country might not be as interested in improving their knowledge/vocabulary but worldwide the demand is still high.

RyanL said...

Thanks for your thoughts mike. I think the point of my post was not directed to the level at which books are written. It is fundamentally about the information one receives and the efficiency of that delivery. With the speed at which information travels today, and the need for us to focus on world issues, I still submit that books are an outdated delivery method. They are just too slow, even an ebook must go through a publisher, editor and some sort of complex system to maintain digital rights management.

As an aside, a strong argument could be made for writing to the market. If "well written prose" isn't selling, one must ask, should the method be changed.