The Internet is Short

Wow.  15 days fly by.  I've been writing, but it's not been here, and that's what I wanted to briefly mention.  At the end of my vacation time in July, I took about 6 or 7 hours to respond to a back-and-forth posting I'd been having with a former student on Facebook.  I knew I wasn't going to have time to continue the conversation this fall, but it really had grabbed my interest.  So I wrote a book and posted it.

Well.  7 single-spaced pages, really.  But it felt like a book.  And that's the point today.  7 single-spaced letter-sized pages probably wouldn't qualify as a single chapter in anything but the lightest of books.  Yet when reading on the screen, that scroll-bar stretches apparently to infinity and beyond.  That says something, doesn't it?  The Internet is really good at delivering lots of short stuff.  Wired magazine calls it "Snack Culture."  If this is really something that the Internet encourages, rather than a passing phase, that has pretty significant implications for our culture.  Rather than belabour the point, though, I'm going to take advantage of that form...

 

I'll probably be back with an epic next week! :)
Last updated Oct. 8th, 2008 at 10:32am by Jared Crossley