Mike Essig, what a great meditation!
I share your view that the younger generation do not spend much serious reading anymore (don’t know anymore perhaps it’s the age after all). Spare me, may I, if I do not share your disdain for the devices for that matter. On the contrary, if anything, the easy availability of the devices has made it simple and easy to delve into deep reading almost anytime anywhere. I often wonder at the load of library I carry in my notebook or the tiny phone on a daily basis. To me this was unthinkable in the days I grew up in the seventies. Today, an electronic book is a click away, literally. In that sense, we live in an era of unprecedented opulence of readily available literary works and knowledge, at our fingertips (pardon me the pun).
Where is the disconnect, then? Perhaps the tools have drawn us away from the core business of reading a opposed to consuming.
We consume. We prosume. We don’t read anymore. The kind of slow deep reading delving into the core.
Somewhere, the deeper connection between the reader and the author that was the life of deep reading is missing and we need a way to restore that linkage. I’d like to believe that the tools giveth what they have taken away.
Let’s bring back the joy of reading.