Reading The Runes

Text, creating an image. Right?

Text, creating an image. Right?

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?

Screw the keyboard - why write, if we don't read anymore?

Screw the keyboard – why write, if we don’t read anymore?

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?

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6 Responses to Reading The Runes

  1. Cassandre says:

    I didn’t find Meme so :

    But i’m gonna write a second lines, ohmy : the page about wealthy people made me doubtful.. Does it mean poor people are all stupid ? Or they are poor because they are stupid on the first place ? Why should the motivator for good habits be only to get extremly rich ? etc 🙂

    • biancabe says:

      Yes… this black and white thinking always. I gave up on that. With more grey areas it might seem clearer to you 😉

      If you don’t care about goals, a plan, daily routine and being educated, it is highly unlikely you will get the jump from poor to rich, or to less poor. Reversely, only because you do all this, it will not automatically make you rich.
      Being rich is not the overall aim, no, but you might agree with me that being poor is not, either.
      Being literate and enjoying it is certainly one of many indicators for not being stupid. Reversely, not reading does not mean automatically we are stupid, but the chances that we get there (or stay there) are higher, if we refuse to educate ourselves.

      After all, the link to the richest people was just a try to motivate people to read more. If they gave more of a f**ck, I wouldn’t even have to write about this topic 😉

      Did this answer your questions?

      • Cassandre says:

        Haha thanks for this real answer ! My questions were more rethorical :p
        You’re quite right, to be franck being poor is not the overall aim usually ! And to me, the link between intelligence/culture and reading is doubtless. My point was rather than being educated doen’t always make you rich, being poor doesn’t always make you stupid.. it’s hard to kill the clichés, it’s obvious than more poor people are “uneducated” or “uncultivated” BUT i’m surprised that in this wealthy article they point out that rich people are educated and cultivated. Did they picked the right examples ?.. i think about Bieber, Sarkozy, Paris Hilton, Teri Hatcher (that was totally random) and their seeping culture doesn’t break my eyes !

  2. biancabe says:

    True 😀 Maybe they excluded this temporary richness, given the assumption that after some years, they will have drunk/drugged/partied all their money away anyways. Maybe the statistics rely on more sustainable “richness”. Or maybe it’s just non-sense. 😀

    I just thought it might motivate some of the reluctant readers. Though, most probably, those won’t even read this blog post, naturally…. 😀

  3. Arth says:

    I think this phenomenon is in part linked to the speed of life. Read entirely a long text is not in the logic of the stressful life of our society, it breaks the rythm. We are in the age of the “fragmented reading”. I think it’s not an unskilled way to read, but a sad and maybe dangerous way: stay limited to read only the titles and some selected quotes, not all the development… and by consequence have simplified, more and more sterile and common ideas…

    • biancabe says:

      This is indeed a new and interesting way to look at it, but it makes me even more sad: it means we still do read and are interested in what is written, but we don’t care that much anymore about literature itself. It has become a means of information only, so as long as we can gather it elsewhere, we don’t need the written word anymore?

      As a writer, I don’t like this prospect 😀

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