So, now that I’m finally getting around to writing a blog, I hear that words are out and audio/video is in. I am decidedly out of fashion. But, if text puts me out of the moment, I’m happy to stay there. I, like many people who work in book publishing, would be nowhere without words. And, how could words actually be out of fashion? Words make fashion, and news, and culture and the laws and rules we live by, whatever they may be.
On the flip side, I do see how that is changing. I have two kids (ages 13 and 10) and photos and videos are king for them. They have so much media from which to choose whether it’s an iPhone, Xbox, computer, or whatever is coming next down the pike. However, often times they do still choose a book. When they want to be quiet, chill out, sit in their beds and cuddle with one of our cats, they will still choose a book.
It’s not old fashioned, it’s eye-opening. It’s not optional, it’s essential. So many worlds to enter! And, so necessary in the 24/7 news media world we all live in. That gives me hope that text is not dead, books are still relevant and our future will not just be televised.
Feel free to send me a comment on twitter at @jenniferunter and let me know what you think.