Well, that’s kinda how book authors are feeling these days.
People don’t read books anymore. It takes too long.
Apparently, there’s not even enough time to type out the words, “too long; didn’t read”.
That’s what the internet has done to us…shortened our attention span, our patience, and our expectations.
Over the weekend, I read two articles, and watched a TED talk on this very topic, and it’s got me worried.
It should worry you too if you ever read the book 1984 by George Orwell (it takes a while), and understands the concept of “Big Brother”. If so, you might find it a little unnerving to discover that it’s happening on a worldwide scale, but it’s not caused by any overbearing government…it’s Apple, Google, and FaceBook. It’s Instagram and YouTube. It’s calculated persuasion. And WE are the lemmings letting it happen!
Believe me, I love social media as much as the next guy, but I also love my time, my goals in life, and my priorities…and Social Media aims to get in the way of that.
Here’s the first article, written by author Philip Yancey:
The Death of Reading is Threatening the Soul.
And the second article is actually an interview with an embedded TED talk video.
Our Minds Have Been Hijacked By Our Phones
Read or watch or both, but please DO take the time to read/listen. If you don’t, then you are only proving their point that Big Brother is indeed in control already.