In our last Punchcard, we talked about the virtues of reading (books mostly). This week, we’re talking about one of books’ chief competitors—after streaming video, Pokemon Go, and competitive bass fishing. Namely, reading on the Internet.
Since springing fully formed from the loins of Al Gore in the nineteen-nineties, the Internet has become a vast, ever-changing repository of written thought.
Is this bad? According to this recent article in Salon, it may be reducing the quality of our writing. But who is Salon to judge, since according to some of its founding alums, it’s nowhere near what it once was?
Is there even a useful distinction between books and the Internet? If so, it’s probably a little more complicated than “the Joyce/Cheezburger conundrum” referenced here.
Maybe the biggest question isn’t how we’re going to read, but whether we actually even do it anymore. For all we know, you may not actually be reading this Punchcard. Which would be sad, because then you’d be missing this. Oh, reading, we are never going to give you up—on the Internet or otherwise.