The readings this week made me think about how technology has impacted my life, and whether or not that is a good thing or a bad thing.
I might be old fashioned, but it never dawned on me that things like a calendar or calculator should be changed or modified as we transitioned into a more technology dominated culture. Thinking about a calendar that automatically updates with the current week on top freaks me out. Why? Maybe it's because I hesitate at the thought of change, but I tend to consider myself technically savvy.
The Bolter article made me think about how print is going digital, and I kept thinking about my family trying to convince me to buy a Kindle. Both of my parents, my brothers, my husband, and numerous aunts and uncles have all switched over to digital e-readers, claiming they are convenient and do the same thing as a book. I disagree. I've played with the Kindle, and I hate it. I hate that books are going digital. I can't scribble notes in the margins, or stick post-its in random places. I can't flip through the book to find the spot I'm looking for. Sure, I can do all of these in digital format, but I don't think it is the same. There is something tangible and authentic about holding a physical book in your hand, feeling the weight of the pages between your fingers, and seeing the wear and tear you create as you read. Digital e-books cannot deliver that.
This is not to say that I am against e-readers. I think they are a fantastic option for many people. I understand that they offer a portability that normal books don't have. But, I will continue to buy and enjoy real books.