My Dad called yesterday after reading a blog about the fact that they are selling MINI’s so fast that they only have about a day’s worth of inventory otherwise you need to order a car http://www.autoblog.com/2008/07/22/no-new-minis-for-08-manufacturers-tapped-dealers-sold-out/ Which, IMHO as this blog post attests to (http://www.jwardell.com/mini/2006/10/05/tracking-an-ordered-mini/) , I think it’s way more fun to track the progress of the automobile in route.
As newspapers are indicating that they are having to change to compete, when even my Dad now has an Auto blog that he’s following, you can tell this is a changing world in how we get our information.
Not to mention… a newspaper article comparing the driving of a go-kart against a MINI just doesn’t have the same impact as when you see the visual: http://www.autoblog.com/2008/07/22/video-mini-clubman-vs-go-kart
But for all that visual, is the Internet damaging our reading comprehension? http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/27/books/27reading.html?_r=1&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin I think it is. I think some of our technology frustrations these days is increased by the fact that we don’t read like we used to. As someone said, the last time they had really good sales from a Technology book was back in the Windows 98 era. Now we google and expect quick fixes.
If you have kids do you monitor and limit their time on the web? Do you take the time (especially this year with all the new products) to devote time to read? What’s the last good book you read?