Sadly, I'm afraid you took "old farts who don't like ereaders are the problem with society" a little too serious, it was obviously a light joke. But the point I was trying to make is that every time a new advancement comes along there is a critic that absolutely despises it, and would rather stick to the old than promote or even accept the new. I'm just saying the world can be a bit more progressive..... even the book can move forward.
Technology is progressing at the expense of other things. For one, that people are forgetting how to do simple tasks. Why bother committing something to memory when you can just Google it? A good book on the subject is The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. You'll have to find a hard-copy, though. If it's available on an eReader then somebody missed the point.
I disagree totally..... memorization is overrated... just because you memorize something doesn't mean your smart at all, it's just like the kid with straight A's with absolutely NO CREATIVITY at all, and with not a clue how to apply anything he learned to move forward. This is why school's are moving more and more into teaching students how to learn, and how to do their own research etc. Why do you need to memorize the date Napoleon died ? When you can find that date in seconds. Of course memorization is a step towards intelligence but most people think memorization equals intelligence when it just does not. It's how we adapt what we learn to move forward.
Like I said there will always be someone that despises things like Wikipedia because it isn't as laborious as going to a library and going through volumes of encyclopedia's. Academics love that stuff because it makes them feel smarter.
But the book sounds interesting....
'It's how we adapt what we learn to move forward.' Learning means gaining knowledge, which requires the ability to memorise. You can't have one without the other. Memorisation doesn't equal intelligence, but it is an essential part. Maybe these technologies are just speeding up the process. We quickly learn something, then just as quickly discard it. My concern is that people are becoming too reliant on these technologies when maybe the technologies won't be around forever. It is very possible that one day all of our electrical devices suddenly stop working - acid rain, a solar flare, some natural disaster. What will people do then? Hopefully by that point people haven't forgotten how to make dinner. I'm not talking about committing to memory useless facts like the date Napoleon died.
I can't see myself getting an eReader. I would hate having to charge it all the time. I imagine myself sitting on a train, about to finish a book, and the battery dying. It seems absurd to me. I'm never going to read a thousand books. Why would I need to carry around thousands of books with me at any one time? As for Wikipedia, I don't despise the website. I hate that it has become comparable with going to the library.
I liked The Shallows. You might think it's just more alarmist bullshit, but it's worth a read. He writes very well, simply and clearly; and resists the temptation to become overly theoretical, which seems to be the problem with a lot of discourses on the subject.