From a short article in Newsweek (Feb. 14th edition, pg. 6) dealing with e-books and the future of print books into the future.
“The Future of the Book” – from James Billington, librarian of Congress:
“The new immigrants don’t shoot the old inhabitants when they come in. Our technology tends to supplement rather than supplant. How you read is not as important as: will you read? And will you read something that’s a book – the sustained train of thought of one person speaking to another? Search techniques are embedded in e-books that invite people to dabble rather than follow a full train of thought. This is part of a general cultural problem.” (emphasis mine)
What impact might this “dabbling” have on the “train of thought” of the Gospel? What impact might this development have on already short attention spans? How might this impact our engagement with knowledge, that requires sustained and perhaps linear processes? How might this change teaching and learning?
I believe this is an important idea or consequence to investigate.