67 104 114 105 115 116 32 105 115 32 114 105 115 101 110 33
Ferris Jabr published an interesting piece for the Scientific American last month: “The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens.” Jabr reviews studies that compare our reading of books with our reading of digital screens, both “traditional” lit screens and the so called “e-ink” screens of digital book readers. Before I read the article, I had assumed that we would maintain books but that they would become more of a luxury or antiquarian item and eventually cease to be part of everyday life—until the collapse of modern industrial society, that is. (And if that dystopian future happens, people will be a bit too preoccupied with survival to read much, though books would survive thanks to small pockets of learning, as monasteries might once again carry the torch of knowledge through another dark age.) The article’s findings have made me re-evaluate my dismissal of the printed word. Gutenberg will not so easily cede his place to Boris Rosing and the gang.