"the report of my demise has been greatly exaggerated.. "
You may have missed it, but Tina Brown recently went to India and proclaimed the death of magazines, journalism and of reading itself, more or less in that order.
Brown, the former editor of Newsweek and the New Yorker, must not do much reading herself anymore. Why else would such an intelligent woman say reading must be dead because “I think you can have more satisfaction from live conversation”? Civilization, Brown added, is “going back to oral culture where the written word will be less relevant.”
Brown’s words, spoken at a conference in Goa, India, were jotted down by a writer for the Hindustan Times who then reported them in that venerable storytelling form called journalism. Thanks to that scribe, Brown's statement has been blogged (by New York magazine, The Guardian, and many other outlets) and shared and reshared and tweeted and commented upon in that collection of virtual gathering places known as “the social media.”
There’s an amusing irony in all this. We now have the most advanced tools in the history of humanity to spread the written word -- and people simply can’t resist using those tools to spread the idea that the civilization that produced them is doomed.
This week, a reader at the American Conservative (which also reproduced Brown’s words), took to his or her keyboard and responded on the website’s comments section with a summary of all the “death” talk he or she’s been reading about lately:
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