Friday, December 4, 2009

People need a good whack on the head sometimes.

What is wrong with people these days? Okay, sure, I'm not one for e-readers, I will probably never like them more than having a paper book in my hands, but you gotta admit-- they're handy, enviornmental, and smaller than carrying around fifteen books.

But apparently that's not good enough for this guy. Alan Kaufman is comparing e-books to the Holocast and Nazi reign. Is he crazy? Is every technical advancement "the end of the world"? Yes, the Nazis did do a lot of nasty experiments and did a lot of horrible things, but e-readers being a Nazi's dream?

"And when I hear the term Kindle, I think not of imaginations fired but of crematoria lit."

How could someone say something so horrible? Every time people want to demonstrate how much they hate something, they compare it to the Nazi's, or the Holocast. "Bush is a Nazi." "Obama's a Nazi." "So-and-so will cause the next Holocast."

It's for shock value, mainly. So many people have attached so many horrible ideas to Hitler and the Holocast, that the second they compare something to them, they expect the public to attach their feelings for the Holocast onto this thing they hate.

Yes, publishers can track what you read through an e-reader. I don't like it, but you can be tracked through your purchases at bookstores and your library checkouts. You can lend out a book, and you can just as easily lend out an e-reader.

People these days....



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