Books remain the best medium. Here’s why. – The triple lawyer
The hardback book is the king of media. It is user-friendly, accessible to everyone and is full of content that can be viewed online. They do not require a Wi-Fi or Internet connection. They do not cause any problem with sensitivity to blue light. They are in regular print, large print or Braille. Books are not just a resource; they are our friends when we are in dark places, save us from our circumstances and give us ideas to think about at various times in our lives. In short, physical books are the gift of media that the electronic age has failed to make obsolete.
Books are comparatively timeless. Their information is just as effective and important today as it was twenty years ago. The internet is constantly evolving, and the news only focuses on immediately broadcasting “what’s hot” that day.
Books have also stood the test of time. The electronic age was not created until the 20th century, when coin-sized computers were introduced. What could be considered books has been around since the Egyptians, according to a “History of Books” by Cerrie Burnell on Booktrust.org.
Until recently, books were a luxury few could afford, let alone read. The books were, in a sense, as royal as those who could access them. Books were written and copied by hand for centuries, until Gutenberg’s printing press began to mass-produce written works. Not just ordinary books, but the Book, the Holy Bible. Reformers like Martin Luther and William Tyndale used the printing press to distribute copies of the scriptures in their common languages.
As if history hasn’t proven the importance of books, the modern and post-modern eras have relied heavily on physical books. For example, many schools until the 21st century still based their curricula on printed textbooks. Standardized tests, such as the PSAT, SAT, and ACT often test knowledge of the literature. Libraries, despite incorporating technological advancements, still find their shelves full of books rather than Kindle and subscription services.
While television, movies, or the internet are not inherently bad, people must learn to navigate the distractions of advertisements, hackers, and broken website links to access the content. When they finally find something good to read, it robs them of the creativity of their imaginations. Even for a person like me, who has strict limits on what they read, can sometimes find a book that captivates the heart and moves the soul.
Books have made a recent comeback in today’s young adult population. The most famous series, many of which have been adapted for cinema, include The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Divergent and The Maze Runner. The modern “book versus film” debate would not exist if books were never read. In fact, the movies might not have been made at all if there hadn’t been any books behind them! Therefore, books help the film industry rather than hamper it.
The books can be read all over the world. They are just as portable as electronic devices but only require one electrical outlet: the reader’s brain. Unlike electronics, which are cluttered with advertisements that distract and disgust many viewers, paper books directly draw the reader’s attention to the message, world, or information it presents. This immersion takes longer than a catchy newscast or a captivating film; however, the immersion is complete and more user-friendly than what is blown on the screens. The book asks the reader to participate in the story; in just a few words and pages, books create so much from the mind of the individual that the viewer of electronic media is deprived of doing for himself.
Children, given the right level and the right subject matter for books, are unlikely to find anything beyond what they should know about the world. Unfortunately, the Internet and television can alter this protection that parents instill in their homes. Books are more child-friendly than most electronic media. While children should learn the wonders of computers and television, they should also experience the wonders and joys of absorbing clean material without distraction.
Today’s children are free to pursue the acquisition of knowledge and the construction of the world of which several generations ago, they would have only dreamed. Our generation has been blessed by God to have books all around us. We take them for granted and we deprive ourselves of that gift that all human history has wanted to obtain: the free knowledge of literature, science and art. From the Library of Congress to the local library to the local bookstore, humans have billions of opportunities to select something that will inspire them and engage them in the world around them. Humanity will never go beyond its need for entertainment; Print books are the most global, multilingual, subject-specific, age-appropriate, selfish, portable and uninhibited form of media the world has ever possessed.
I understand that the electronic age has offered a compromise between paper books and the Internet, known as e-books. Initially, e-books seem fair, but they are rarely free. An individual purchase or purchase of a subscription service is typically required to play on an electronic device. Some electronic devices have been designed for the specific purpose of being used for reading electronic books. This expense is not worth the convenience. For people who prefer to own things, have them in their hands and truly know their property is theirs, paper books are still the ideal solution.
Pulling an old, yellowish, rigid knowledge capsule out of the vast, silent library brain is a miracle most people did not have access to. With more knowledge and literacy than most eras ever had, it’s amazing how modern generations are turning to their practical and versatile electronics. I’m guilty of this, but I’ll do my best to select Narnia on the latest TikTok compilation on YouTube. I want the joy that people before me strove to give to themselves and their posterity: I want a paper book.
People might be surprised to learn that I want to be a filmmaker someday. I don’t think the film industry is better than the publishing industry. Still, I sense a different amount of poison that needs to be removed from the two industries. There are books that I love and would consider turning into movies because of the rich and profound impact they have had on me during my development. My opinions on what I plan to do later in my life do not compromise my opinion on the books around me. If it weren’t for the knowledge I gained from the books my family and I would read, I wouldn’t have such a vibrant storytelling imagination or dream. The story, whether it’s a book or a movie, needs to be told. I meet modern families where they will look for good stories. Still, if they ask me where to find an amazing story to read, I have more than a few shows in mind.
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