Saturday, February 28, 2009


Some failing newspapers are planning to disperse the electronic device "Kindle" to their readers, to allow cheaper "publication" minus the paper-and-ink print process.
Oh no! Reading the morning paper with coffee in one hand and a small technological device in the other! Hate it!
That also means that newspapers, where I go for in-depth analysis and reporting---and yes, truth!---will soon be switching to shallow sound-bite journalistic practice, like the rest of electronic journalism. Death of the newspapers would mean the loss of an important guardian of democracy in our country.
That "Kindle" device is also used for downloading books. I wonder if the name "Kindle" might be symbolic of "kindling" or book-burning.
One of these days, I fear, a reader's cherished library of books will be reduced to empty shelves, containing ONE SMALL ELECTRONIC READING DEVICE.
R.A.T. (Rose About Town) is in mourning.