Luckily, life is dynamic and with initiating one thing, more stuff happens automatically. I don’t even have to start fretting about finding a topic for the next blog entry. It’s Wednesday again, and let’s try something new – a metatext: A text about the previous text!
Keeping this in mind as a rather broad approach, let me start right away with the oddities I observed: When posting my blog entry, I had to fight for each and every “like”, forcing people to read the text and promising them cookies and endless friendship. Some days later, I posted something about me going to party on some boat, a three-lines-info. It attracted “likes” like a drunken girl attracts boys in a club. Easy prey.
But why? I definitely think it’s totally worth reading it. So let’s do the obvious, well-tried, and blame someone else! The likers, for instance: Either they are really happy for me partying, or nowadays, with a 140-characters-Twitter-attention-span, it becomes more and more difficult to convince people to actually read something longer. Digging deeper on the search for answers, comments like “I don’t read static text”, “I only listen to audio books”, “I read magazines, but no books” sound alarming – guys, what is happening? Sure, you can let MS Word read everything out loud to you. Or even the google translator, if you want some additional entertainment. But aren’t the times where grown-ups had to read out stories for us long gone?
A well-established alternative is also to just plant oneself in front of a TV. Unfortunately a fact, but yet constantly forgotten, a movie doesn’t replace a good book. You don’t need to use your brain to imagine scenery and characters. Just, well, leave your eyes open. And the atmosphere you seem to feel is not created by your own fantasy, but only by the music chosen very thoroughly by the directors.
A friend of mine complained that posting pictures seems to excite everyone, but longer texts he finds and posts are ignored – this is sad. Soon, we might have regressed to a level where we can execute experiments to determine the similarity of our behaviour to that of monkeys. Written text? Language? We don’t need that! We can communicate by clicking on pictures and miniature thumbs! And instead of thinking of a witty comment, how about just finding a suitable 9GAG meme?
Without wanting to sound like too much of a moralizer, maybe we should be thankful for having the opportunity to read and write and obtain knowledge that has been collected for us. After all, not everyone is given this chance. And hey, what is the damage – eventually, accidentally, we remember spelling and punctuation again! By the way, did you know that almost 90% of the richest people in the world love reading and do it daily?
Fortunately, there are different stages of reluctant readers, and there’s still a ray of hope: If you don’t like reading static text, just shake this screen a little bit. Better now?