iRead…therefore iAM (in defense of reading)
A fellow board member tossed over this link from Timothy Egan’s NYTimes Opinion Piece and I thought I would share it out.
Every now and then, someone who is brilliant says something stupid — often the result of spending too much time riding a jet stream of high praise. Steve Jobs, the co-founder and chief executive of Apple Inc., did such a thing last month when he all but declared the death of reading.
Asked about Kindle, the electronic book reader from Amazon.com, Jobs was dismissive. “It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is,” he told John Markoff of The Times, “the fact is that people don’t read anymore. Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year.”
I echo the sentiment in the blog post that it’s unfortunate when someone so powerful, with the potential for such incredible impact on shaping trends, says something so unbelievably stupid. And also couldn’t state it more eloquently myself:
“People are eating fewer vegetables than they used to – or should – but that doesn’t mean carrots have no future. “