Friday, September 30, 2011

"..if you put the Internet on the device I am supposed to be using to read, I will never read again."

Joke re Amzn Fire? Can't really multitask!
"..books are wastes of screens. You give me a dual-processor, web-reading, multitasking wonder-screen for just $199 —it would be almost insulting to use it for books. That’s like hiring a porn star to read you the Encyclopedia Britannica. It’s a waste of resources."
"If all these studies about multitasking have taught us anything, it is that we all think we can multitask but no one actually can. In the course of writing this I have eight times run off and reloaded the page to see if anything had happened on YouTube that I should know about.
"This is not theoretical.
"It’s times like this that I think how delighted I would be if the Internet stopped.
“Finally, no Twitter to keep me from reading ‘Madame Bovary’!” I would exclaim.
- Excerpts from "Dear Amazon: About that new Kindle Fire tablet," Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 09/28/2011 By Alexandra Petri, "ComPost," Washington Post Opinion,

Photo of painting "This portrays the story of a dispution between Saint Dominic and the Cathars in which the books of both were thrown on a fire," Pedro Berruguete 15th century.
Pedro Berruguete [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
"This is a faithful photographic reproduction of an original two-dimensional work of art. The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason: This image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired."

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