So I suppose all those predictions about libraries being felled by the Internet were a little premature. In fact it looks like all the cool kids are doing the library thing.
According to the newest study from the Pew Internet and American Life Center – the youngest, most affluent and most internet-connected adults in the US are also the most likely to visit a physical library. It wasn’t that way just 10 years ago. How many other legacy industries can you think of today that can say their strongest growth is among young, affluent, power-internet users? Something is going very right in library land.
For once I am one of the cool kids.
I finished reading Somewhere Deep Down, We Still Care. Don’t We? by Tony Long on Wired and this passage struck a cord with me …
I think people are becoming desensitized to violence and suffering at a much earlier age these days. And I’m pretty sure it has a lot do with the way we’ve accepted violence, and even glorified it, in popular culture.
I don’t know if violent video games and movies make us a more violent society or not. In fact, I spent a big chunk of my childhood feasting at the table of shoot ‘em up action and psycho monster killers. I spent many a summer day battling the Viet Cong or watching zombies devour humans (although the movies that really defined my youth weren’t that deplorable).
But over the last couple years I can stomach less and less carnage in my escapism. I would rather read about nerds in love then drug dealing thugs. I would rather watch Dwight and The Office crew than any of the dozens of law shows on TV.
Maybe it’s because I’m a parent now or because of the real life horror that the 24 hour news cycle shoves down our throats on a minute by minute basis. Or maybe today’s pop-culture violence is more violent. I don’t even want to see Saw 17 or Hostile II: Now With 20% More Torture. I would really rather see a movie about a kid named McLovin.
I know, play the grumpy old man music and start the “back in my day … ” track up. Am I alone here? What say you?