I read somewhere that people on average are reading less than 19 minutes a day. (The article, I lament, took me a little longer than 19 minutes to get through, so I couldn’t quite tell what that says about my relationship to the status quo. Am I above average, or just a slow reader?) This means people aren’t reading as much. It’s a depressing signal.
But apparently video is up. Because why wouldn’t it be? I feel anything that isn’t as active an engagement of the cerebellum is going to have more initial appeal. You don’t actually have to do anything, watching a video. You can just sit there, you know, pancakes falling out of your mouth, etc. Whereas reading is work.
And I say it’s a depressing signal because I feel reading is the way to go. Often reading forces you to reach. It causes you to grab hold of new cliffs of understanding that may have been too steep the day before. And I don’t see this happening as much with video; I’m sorry, but I don’t. If anything, video is making people dumber, especially with all the sort of hoity-toity, “oh hey, here’s a motivational lollipop” crap you see on social media. Most of it is hollow and points nowhere.
Now, I don’t know if you particularly like my long posts or what. But I promised when I started this foray into fitness that I wouldn’t be the guy who all he does is pander to his audience. I can’t do that. And mostly because it isn’t me. My hope is to challenge you and to cause you to think, because I don’t feel I need to write down to anyone. I think people are smarter than they look. I think, with just a little bit of time, anybody can “get it.”
Or maybe I’m just stuck in my ways? Maybe I’m just crotchety and ignorant and unwilling to change, like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino? That ever-cantankerous Walt Korowski, or whatever his name was? Well, all of this, I have to admit, is very possible and probably true. But even if it is, so what? I like the people I appeal to.
PS – Leave a comment and let me know if you’re still reading. And if so, what?