Still linear in a networked world

Hi Writers,
Prodigious print buyers are winning by a landslide in my poll below “Do you buy less print (magazines, newspapers and books) than you did five years ago?”

To continue along that same vein of thought, I read an intriguing article this week on the Publishing 2.0 blog: The Evolution From Linear Thought To Networked Thought by Scott Karp.

Karp says that although he reads prolifically, he rarely reads “books” any more (as in print books). He posits in this article that perhaps the way we read is inherently changing from “linear” (as you do with a book) to “networked” (as you do with a blog).

Here’s an excerpt, but please network and read the whole piece. (Then network back here, of course):
So do I do all my reading online because it’s more convenient? Well, it is, but it’s not as if I don’t have opportunities to read books. (And I do read a lot of Disney Princess books to my daughter.)

But the convenience argument seems to float on the surface of a deeper issue — there’s something about the print vs. online dialectic that always seemed superficial to me. Books, newspapers, and other print media are carefully laid out. Online content like blogs are shoot from the hip. Books are linear and foster concentration and focus, while the web, with all its hyperlinks, is kinetic, scattered, all over the place.

Fascinating stuff. I guess I’m old school because I still like to read books. But I like to read blogs, too, so what can I say…

I’m a prolific reader of both linear and networked writing. I’m networked all day, but at home, I still want to cozy up with a good old-fashioned linear book. Judging from the results of my poll, you all aren’t quite willing to give up linear thought, either.

Basically though, if I had to choose, I’d have to say I’m still linear in a networked world.

How about you?

Keep Writing,

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One thought on “Still linear in a networked world

  1. : Donna

    I will always prefer books when wanting to "read", and if information I need is readily available, I’m a "print" girl all the way. I prefer the lumination on a printed page, the feel of a book in my hand and the act of turning the pages. It’s comfortable and comforting. A computer can never do that, and I’ve always said (as others here have too) you can’t curl up with a computer.

    Although I use up expensive ink and go through some paper, I will always print anything of any length that’s not a quick read because I MUCH prefer paper and don’t have to bring a laptop to read it when I’m in a cafe or waiting room.

    The value of computers and the internet are a separate entity to me and can never be a substitute for the printed page.
    : Donna


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