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Also, so reassuring to me as non-early adopter who works in a cutting-edge, early adopter environment at a university where my boss and his favorites talk only of how the written word is passe and the only valid 21st century literacy is video, a la YouTube. Oh, I should mention that my job is *writer/editor*. In other words, I, my profession, and the masterpieces of writing that have preceded me, in whose presence I can only prostrate myself, are on their way out...if I were to believe those with clout in my work environment. Then I visit here and see the huge numbers of people here who still love *books* in the 21st century, and they're not all even nearly as old as me! (46)
Thank you, thank you, thank you, LibraryThing and all those throughout the world who cherish books! Please help me celebrate my belated Thingiversary.
Written word passe??? Poppycock! Young people today are reading. I know because I see it everyday.
My Thingaversary (great word, that!) does not come until May, but I think I will buy myself something special to celebrate it - a book, perhaps?
Just checked the date in my Profile and put it on my calendar (it's not until October).
The written word is not passe, although it is increasingly migrating to electronic form rather than ink on paper. That's not necessarily a bad thing, although I still love the feel of a good book in my hand. But a lot of reading is fine online, via PDF, on an e-book reader, etc. The more the merrier! Even printed books now get their start in electronic form, edited onscreen until just before publication.
The popularity of sites like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, LT (of course), and blogs (lots of blogs!) suggests that the written word is anything but passe. Mixing it with a little audio or video is OK with me. (Do you suppose people decried the introduction of illustrations in books as the downfall of the written word? And yet words are still with us....)