An argument I have made before is that content is more important than medium. Apparently not everyone agrees with this. I tend to think that giving kids laptops is not necessarily going to educate them, because they’ll probably just use them to look at silly web videos or play games. Similarly, even the “boob tube” can be enlightening, if it’s showing a world class university lecture or one of the greatest masterpieces of film of all time.
Television content is usually intended to draw a quick audience for a short period of time so that advertisements can be pushed. This leads to a huge amount of crap being broadcast. Books are excellent for holding scholarly information, and often do.
But this is just a general trend, not a hard and fast rule and it can, in fact, be entirely wrong. There is some excellent content in the form of moving images and there’s also a massive amount of crap in printed text.
Here’s a graphic I made to make this point…
Yes, I know it’s cherry-picking. I’ve pared some of the most critically acclaimed, informative and eye-opening television content with the most worthless literature I could find. The point is simply don’t judge a book by it’s cover, or for that matter, the fact that it’s a book, because it might still be crap.
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