Old vs. new

I like my Kindle. The lightweight device is superior to reading the iPad because, when I’m reading in bed (I know, you’re not supposed to read in bed, but even I have my vices), if I fall asleep, the Kindle hitting me in the face is a lot lighter than the iPad.

But, I like the physical presence of a book. I remember Giles in the tv show Buffy the Vampire Slayer saying that he “like the smell.” I think he was saying he was distrustful of computers which, in the 1990s, wasn’t too uncommon a complaint.

This goes back a long time, though. Lord Byron, in a passionate plea to the House of Commons in the early nineteenth century, sided with the Luddites opposing the use of mechanical looms. New technology is often scary, even in olden times.

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