The Next Time Someone Says the Internet Killed Reading Books, Show Them This Chart - Alexis Madrigal - TechnologyRemember the good old days when everyone read really good books, like, maybe in the post-war years when everyone appreciated a good use of the semi-colon? Everyone's favorite book was by Faulkner or Woolf or Roth.
Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters.
We live in a world where devices that were recently considered the domain of a future yet-to-come now live in our pockets and backpacks. This isn't cause for creators of fiction to rest on their laurels, however; it's actually an important opportunity, one that Alyssa Rosenberg of Think Progress says the SyFy network is missing in its switch to fantasy-themed programming following the demise of Battlestar Galactica . While television is often driven by cultural and programming trends, it's hard to argue with Rosenberg's point that the network is doing viewers a disservice by relying on the well-worn instead of using today's reality as the jumping-off point for exploring new visions of our collective future.