Having been accused of being something of a Luddite myself (we don’t have TV, I don’t own a cell phone–yes, let me repeat, I don’t own a cell phone–and our kids have yet to sip from the pool of gaming devices) I have to say that Mr. Obama strikes me as positively progressive here.
Don’t get me wrong. Word processing lends a whole new level of magic to novel writing (not to mention revising). I love email, the way the net has widened my circle of friends-almost-family. And I love blogging for you.
But I agree with the article. We need balance. I want the next generation–and seven after that–to know what it is to lose itself in a nice, thick book. One that has actual heft to it, a weight in the hands. Novels that don’t contain embedded interviews et al just to make sure our interest is not lost.
A good story takes us away. A dozen links ground us firmly in the here and now as we navigate them. And sometimes the way to become wisest is to get good and lost.