Of Blogs and Books
OK, 22 Words has done it again.
I understand that for some reason it is necessary to make short paragraphs on blog posts.
I also understand that this doesn't necessarily mean that people who read blogs can't read books with long paragraphs.
But... I do really fear for the future of the older classics in this new culture of techno-literacy. As people become more and more accustomed to shorter paragraphs, twitter content, IM, etc., I fear they will have completely unsuited themselves for Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Hugo ... even Steinbeck.
If this happens on a large scale, I do not think it will be a failure of education, desire or inteligence, simply a matter of habit and conditioning. That's what scares me the most. It's so easy.
And then what? As Morissey might say: "Come armageddon!
Come, armageddon! come!"
Unfortunately, only a couple days after that post on short paragraphs in blogs, I found some of these very fears disturbingly realized reading the comments of 22 Words's fairly literate readership in response to the question, "Are there any good books you don't like?"
Dickens used to appear in the newspapers for crying out loud! Now he appears on lists of books that fairly literate people couldn't get through.
It's almost enough to make me drop out altogether, like one twentieth century writer, thinker, and human being I admire an awful lot.