It’s hard to get my head around the world now. These days the internet has taken over: with blogs taking over diaries, Twitter taking over stalking, and Facebook taking over life. What has the world come to? Or is everything going to be like this from now on?
I sit here, and think, does anyone actually read anymore? Properly, that is. What, of course they do, I hear you scream. I guess you’re right. But, if we spend our days stalking people’s Facebook profiles and following celebrities across the globe on Twitter, who has the time to sit down in a comfy chair and, well, just read.
I don’t mean ipads or iphones or virtual books. I mean physical paper-in-the-hand material.
Newspapers don’t count. Although, not many people read them anymore either. One example: The Daily Mail. Online. How is that even frickin’ possible?! Oh, but it is. Am I the only one sitting here in wonder of how it all happened? Am I? I am, aren’t I? Well, this is me, in a nutshell, the random happenings in my head. I surprise myself on how well I don’t cohere.
Back to The Daily Mail: such sensation, such interest, such foulness. But even so, The Daily Mail Online is even better! I sit here at my laptop thinking, I want to be a journalist – but not for The Daily Mail.
One thing: not being English, they’re not so fond of that. Another thing: I just generally disagree with the majority of their content. Even though I applaud their style: I wish I could morph facts and mend figures so that more people can agree with me.
I wish I could be more persuasive. So I’m writing this for you: people in this day and age do not read as much as they used to. I actually think that kids these days are more in tune with their fingertips and touch screens than with pen and paper.
I like ink, what can I say? It’s the permanency of it all, even the father from Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter states: “ink had a purpose and a meaning: Good ink cannot be the quick kind, ready to pour out of a bottle. You can never be an artist if your work comes without effort”.
And that effort produces amazing life-changing novels. Books. Awesome books! Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer once said that he loved books over computers because of the smell. For me, without a doubt, it’s the permanency of ink on paper.
Your name in print.
Your words immortalised.
Your thoughts held in the hands of a stranger.
That’s why I want to be a writer. That’s what I want to do for the world. That’s who I am.