There’s a wonderful place in Boston called the News Feed Cafe. It’s located right off the entrance to the new wing of our main public library. Beside serving good coffee, tea and tasty snacks, it contains a fully functioning radio and TV studio of our Public Broadcasting station WGBH.
I go there often for a quick java and to rest for a while before heading back home. Lately I’ve been struck by this somewhat odd and distinctly heady confluence of printed thought and our contemporary torrent of digital information.
This guy looks to me as if he’s been caught in the crossfire.
I’m drawn to people reading paper books. No kindles, no Ipads just those old-fashioned things that we grind up pine trees to make. I think it’s partly because this digital world we now find ourselves in seems increasingly overwhelming.
For a couple of years now I’ve been badly addicted to Facebook. It’s a big black hole. A time waster without equal.
It’s time to cut back on all my digital time wasters!
I know it’s one of those analog things with floppy pages that’s made from wood pulp of all things. To see it out in public is always a shock. It’s so much bigger than those little flat electronic gadgets that most people use today. This guy must be a throwback from the dark ages.
What I really don’t understand is he actually seems very interested in looking at that old fashioned thing. Is it just possible that what he’s doing is enjoyable?
For those of us who are afflicted with a terrible urge to buy the latest and the greatest new digital camera thingy, take a look at this guy. I saw him yesterday wandering across Charles Street toward the Public Garden.
I bet he takes really great photographs with this antique.