I have yet to read the big heave on Amazon in The New Yorker...Which I blogged here last month.
... or the feature on the pathology of contemporary fraternities in the March issue of The Atlantic...Yeah, I already blogged that too, here.
Magazines in general had a tough year...Is pleasure reading dying? Not everyone spends the whole work day reading, as Carr does and I pretty much do. But if that's how you live, maybe in the evening, when you're settling in and feeling tired, you want to look at TV. Carr makes much of the supposed greatness of TV today, at least when you can watch whatever you want whenever you want and also of the problem of ebooks being on the same device where you can watch your TV shows.
And then there are books. I have a hierarchy: books I’d like to read, books I should read, books I should read by friends of mine and books I should read by friends of mine whom I am likely to bump into. They all remain on standby. That tablets now contain all manner of brilliant stories that happen to be told in video, not print, may be partly why e-book sales leveled out last year. After a day of online reading that has me bathed in the information stream, when I have a little me-time, I mostly want to hit a few buttons on one of my three remotes — cable, Apple, Roku — and watch the splendors unfurl.
I still find I only want to watch one hour of TV a day. I like that hour, but I snap it off after an hour, even if I'm watching a movie and then have to watch the second half the next day. I don't like that much noise, and I resist being stuck with the pace of video. I prefer text, where I control the speed, can skip around, and can react with my own text, as I'm doing right now, blogging about Carr's article without having consumed the whole thing.