The Internet and Reading

Many bemoan the distractive influence of the internet, on reading, writing, or any worthwhile pursuit. In regard to the first, with the proper mindset, I believe the internet is the greatest tool ever. For centuries readers battled against obscure references and details, aware of a significance and meaning which they would never behold. Now its no more. One may read the densest work with an artificially intelligent web of footnotes. Period pieces send you listening to music, seeing the images, viewing the places. The old adage was if you encounter a word you don’t know, seek a dictionary immediately. I suggest a new imperative if you read anything of detail which you don’t know, seek the internet.

Provoked awareness from Ken Kesey’s Demon Box:

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