As Yonder is spreading its roots, our readers and friends are helping with suggestions that will make this tree stronger. One such comment concerns our reading habits, which are changing rapidly with the form and accessibility of reading material. When it comes to our changing habits, I find Paul Ford’s article about reading on the internet to be fascinating and totally contrarian to what I, as a person trained in social sciences, would have thought 10 years ago. That is, before the internet, when the study of philosophy, for instance, required (at least in Europe) a certain discipline for reading and thinking. During my years as a student, some of the most important elements of debates were context and pertinence. With internet, Paul Ford suggests, the context of whatever you might read seems to be endless and less important. His piece opens many intriguing questions that seem to touch the edge of the human sanity as we know it today. But if it’s any comfort, Adam Sternberg of Literary Hub claims that there is still hope for the old universe. Books are here to stay for at least another 500 years. So just hold on.
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