Books: What Are Those Paper Weights For Anyway?!

With the liquidation of Borders comes a catastrophic realization. Eventually, there will be no practical need for physical, or non-digital copies, of books. As someone who has spent a large majority of their childhood and now a better part (yes, a meager 3 years) of their adult life reading, it’s unbelievably saddening. Talk to any book lover and you’ll hear the standard argument: the feel of the pages, the smell of a newly printed book, and the sense of accomplishment one gets when yet another book is placed on the shelf. While all of these are all relevant, to me (and many others) it was the experience. Since I’ve been a kid, I’ve always wanted my very own library. Stocked with more books than i’d ever need, i’d have access to obscenely large amounts of information right at my fingertips. This access, however, is now available to everyone. Including those free of colossal in home libraries. Sure, not everyone uses it. But its still there, and because of that, we must all be gaining unbelievably large amounts of intelligence right? Wrong.

Although we now have easy accessibility to ungodly large amounts of information, we haven’t necessarily become more educated, as those who might of speculated in the past on the creation of the Internet had originally suggested. In actuality, we’ve become lazy. Skimming through an article and searching out the important part. You can’t skip through a novel and expect to get a rough summary. Novels don’t have a page that outlines the highlights of the article (e.g. CNN.com). They’re just not written that way. It was designed to be read all the way through. We’ve become complacent with seeking out information and then forgetting it, much like the occasional memory wipe to clear out some space on our computers hard drive. Our brains have become accustomed to storing and deleting information on such a regular basis, that those who frequently ‘cram’ are now having trouble ridding themselves of the function that typically follows: deletetion.

It’s perfect. Store. Delete. Store. Delete. Store. Delete. STORE. DELETE. STORE. DELETE. Until of course, the function becomes so ingrained you don’t retain any infomation. What happens when you

That way, we can make room for more temporary information. The issue at hand revolves around the idea that while we now have access to a growing supply of information, we still can’t internalize it any faster. Although the kindle, knook, or kobo may offer storage of up to 3,000 books, articles, and papers, we still won’t be able to read all 3,000 in a more efficient manner. We’ve become obsessed with the necessity of having everything we could ever want within an arms grasp. In that sense, we’ve degenerated into our child-like selves where any sort of wait was unbearable. Normally, as we mature our ability to “stick it out” also grows (or at least it’s supposed too). Whereas with young children, any sort of a wait is close to unbearable, adults have grown out of this.We invest our money in stocks, purchase bonds, and open savings accounts; all things that will yield monetary advantage as long as we “stick it out”. Yet, when we need to know where we recognize that actress from, we imdb it or google. Back to Borders. Some 10,700 people will be losing their jobs come september, once Border’s liquidation is over.

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