“Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re preborn, you’re fine; if you’re preschool, you’re fucked.”—George Carlin (via ithoughtmyjokeswerebad, dougstumblr)
I will never buy a Kindle. I look at the Kindles, the Nooks, and the e-books of the world with the kind of distaste saved for the eating of a sour fruit or an overly cologned gentleman at a bar. These electronic ‘download your book’ devices upset me and I am stubborn and…
pbj’s response is almost barbaric in its flippant regards to the what the traditionalists perceive as the “soul” of a book. This message wan’t about intellect, it didn’t boor on about how much more high-minded the marble-walled ways of ancient academia are, and i agree with you that these prudes are ignorant is assuming that because something is older, it is more intellectual- the contradiction would go that the marble faced and tweed-coated professor would scoff at the newfangled e-book, while he holds his own 20th century bound, printing-press created anthology, while a monk in a cobblestone abbey far in the rural areas scoffs at the professor and continues on detailing every single letter on his manuscript with utmost care, while behind him is a noble taking stock of his income on a long papyrus, looking down on the monk’s superfluous calligraphy, time is money after all, then there’s the citizen of some long-gone civilization looking on at us and our foolhardy ways of writing everything important of paper, everyone knows clay tablets are more durable than paper!
But why stop there! there’s a man having a hearty laugh about how the clay tablets have no pictures, unlike his cave wall, which has literally scores of them.
The point wasn’t that anything was inferior, it was simply and passionately explaining why a DataText (e-book) would never be the same as a book. Just how a printed document will never be the same as a handwritten one. If you’ve any passion about you, then I’m sure you’ll understand this stance at least a little.