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Obsolete media

You can’t do a post saying the war is over, that another (local) war starts.

Italian economist and politician Carlo Calenda revealed in an interview that he is not allowing his kids to play videogames, “so they won’t grow up illiterate.”
This was expressed as a personal opinion, and followed by the admission that he is not an expert, and indeed is looking for books to get into the issue and learn more about it.
Which is a rather healthy attitude from a parent, all things considered – I’m not sure, I want to know more, I’m looking for resources on the issue, meanwhile I apply a moratorium.
But the reaction was a blast.
Poor Carlo Calenda would have had it easier had he announced he was favourable to slavery, or that he believes the earth is flat. Or had he simply said he is not allowing his kids to be vaccinated right now, because he’s no expert and he’s looking for books to learn more on the subject before he takes a definitive decision.

And I agree that a politician should be more careful when expressing personal opinions, but it’s not this I want to talk about. Let’s keep politics and economy out of this thing. What I want to talk about is the objection, that some nerdz presented, that of course a gamer would shy away from books – because games are fast and furious and fun, while books are a slow medium.
The implication being, the written word is surpassed and obsolete, its slowness of fruition being a negative factor.

But really, who says that fast is always better than slow?
I’m not so sure. Continue reading