Watch Out for the F’ers

<div class="entry-content"> <p>The Internet makes all other sources of  information irrelevant. Newspapers are too slow and expensive. Libraries are archaic, also too expensive and slow. Bookstores are dying. Anyway they all provide way more information than we really need. We just need a piece here, a quote there, nothing like the  sustained pieces of writing found in these places.</p> <p> </p> <p>The only information we need is Fast and Free. Everyone is a writer. Everyone is a commodity and is forced to view commodities across the screen. News spreads faster than fire. News and information riddled with mistakes because it is Fast and Free and that is all that matters. Gross errors become truth or at least cast a shadow over the reality. We crave the attention of search engines.</p> <p> </p> <p>I am leery of the calls to shut down the old-fashioned ways we find our information. Do this and humanity is fully controlled by governments, corporations, and well-organized  groups.</p> <p> </p> <p>The information they want you to have is all that you can get. Each Internet search is custom geared to you and what others want you to know. Those with the most money and power get out their message and obscure other messages.</p> <p> </p> <p>I know people are being groomed to no longer be capable of reading sustained essays or pieces of literature. Who has the time? I guess Candy Crush does win out. All we want are bits and bytes of info, well reviewed by others to highlight what we think we want to know or what others want us to know.</p> <p> </p> <p>Think about the danger an out-of-control reading person may pose to those that support the F’ers. Anonymous reading is a threat. If you buy a newspaper, no one tracks your eyes online. If you enter a library or bookstore and read a book that is not attached to online scrutiny, your brain is free. You may stumble outside the appropriate point-of-view geared for your consumption by others.</p> <p>Of course still peruse the Internet. See what’s out there, some of it is very useful. But realize that it is highly manipulated. Think about what you are giving up when you give up control to your sources of news and information. Yes, I know it’s hard to examine vastly different points of view from your own. But it stretches your gray cells and keeps you free. Or is freedom also an archaic concept?</p> <p> </p> <p>The library may become the last place to go wild.</p> </div>


Dino Manalis Added Apr 15, 2017 - 9:48am
The Internet is great for research, just make sure you're using reliable sources!
Bill H. Added Apr 15, 2017 - 11:18am
Good write Donna!
Many of my prior comments and one article I wrote concerns this:
I hope we all discover this before we become totally brain-dead.
George N Romey Added Apr 15, 2017 - 11:55am
People have become lazy.  Going to library becomes too big of sacrifice.  I'm not sure of what the future of libraries will be particularly with funding cuts.
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Apr 15, 2017 - 5:45pm
I can't imagine that bookstores or libraries will ever disappear completely. There are still too many of us who enjoy real books. I read a good deal and probably half or more is real books, especially novels and the like. One recent read, the Book of Sith and it's companion book the Path to the Jedi were full of pictures and footnotes as if from prominent Sith and Jedi. Doing this online wouldn't have had the same overall physical impact. And the Book of Sith was designed with multiple differing kinds of paper to make it look like it was in fact several different books made into one. Again the physical impact is enormous. You simply can't reproduce the impact of such a work online. 
Michael B. Added Apr 15, 2017 - 7:09pm
Nice piece...I'm reminded of this poem by Emily Dickinson:
There is no Frigate like a Book,
To take us Lands away,
Nor any Coursers like a Page,
Of prancing Poetry -
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll -
How frugal is the Chariot,
That bears a Human soul.
Jeff Michka Added Apr 20, 2017 - 6:52pm
Jenifer sez: I can't imagine that bookstores or libraries will ever disappear completely.- Nope.  And in some regions like PacNW bookstores and "library culture remain very strong and heathy.  Books are a walk in their own heaven, and should be cherished in cover to cover form.
Jeff Michka Added Apr 20, 2017 - 6:53pm
Devices are just that, devices.  And although it's nice to carry around 200 plus books, sitting down with a single volume is more than equal.