6 January 2013
In the article, “How to Survive the Age of Distraction” by Johann Hari, the argument presented is whether or not in the 21st century, people are finding less use and interest for the paper book. Hari continues in his article by explaining how now, we need books more than ever to relieve us from the distractions technology offers. Not against technology, Hari simply believes one simply cannot receive the same feeling from reading on a kindle, computer etc. that one can when nuzzled alone, deeply embezzled in a thrilling page turner. I agree completely with Hari’s presented argument in this article. I believe that you cannot fully comprehend a novel with technology tugging at your attention span. “It’s [the paper book] being chewed by the e-book,” Hari says. Meaning, that electronic books are taking over and replacing physical books in today’s society. You and I both are well aware of this, as we see it on a daily basis. How many people do you see on the subway or bus to work reading a paper book? Not many. The e-book, made smaller than most paper books, is easy to carry around, hard to damage, and most of all, makes life easier when trying to read by allowing quick highlighting, a permanent bookmark and many more features. But some people whom grew up reading the paper book are having a hard time letting go. As Hari says, “Ask me to throw away a book, and I begin shaking like Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice.” To those who grew up with books - good for you. Not letting the paper book die is one of the best choices in today’s society full of technology. Reading a paper book is a “getaway” from the distractions of the outside world. Escaping noise and distractions is a privilage we are now taking for granted in most cases. Because, so many people now would rather attempt to read on their laptops, while their twitter feed updates every ten seconds, than lose themselves in a...