Living or dying in a digital world

Much of what we have talked about this semester has been about how the digital world is changing, and will continue to change, the way people receive and interpret information.

One of the things that we talked about in class was magazines, and how much their existence in physical form, has declined. For me, this prompts so many different thoughts.

First of all, I feel like I am torn between two worlds. I don’t have time at home to read them. However, when I am in a waiting room, I always like flipping through the magazines. Honestly, I can’t afford “National Geographic,” but anytime someone is giving away a copy, I’ll take it because it is the kind of quality I want to keep forever.

So, while I don’t do much, if anything, to support the production of physical magazines, I want them to continue to exist.

That brings me to the second thing, which is my fascination of what it would be like in a dystopian society. If there is a movie, TV show, or book about the post-apocalyptic world, I am hooked.

In “The Book of Eli,” books are considered precious. Paper itself is a rare commodity. Obviously, in that type of wasteland, digital media also no longer exists. For me, that is the scariest thing of all. To not have books and magazines would be the worst world I can imagine. Yet, living in this world where they are so available, I rarely come in contact with either. I don’t take the time to enjoy them.

All of these things make me wonder if we continue down this path, will we lose these methods of communication.

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