My theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World Mythology.
My A to Z posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. I hope they spark your curiosity. I find it fascinating how so many stories crossed the boundaries of countries and even oceans.
W is for World Mythology
My Geeky Confession: Doing research on the Internet is fast and easy, but I still love books made of paper.
It’s not just the distinctive, tactile feel of them, the weight in my hands and the texture of the page. Though, I have to say, these things bring back memories of hours spent reading my favorite books.
It’s about the type of information they provide. In a word: unbiased. They don’t attempt to know me. They are not interactive. They just tell me their story.
What the heck am I talking about?
When I use the Internet for research I am provided with the most popular pieces of data first, which may not be what I’m looking for. That’s annoying, but I can scroll down and find what interest me.
What really makes my gut churn is knowing that a faceless, almighty- algorithm filters the information I can reach according to my digital exhaust (i.e., my previous searches, my on-line purchases, my friends… ). If you think I’m paranoid, just check out the ads that you have on the side of the page. Do they look like the ones that pop up for your children or your mate? I’m guessing not. All the information provided for us is customized, because we are consumers and if we want to be honest with ourselves, we are becoming more and more cyber every day as we let technology make our decisions for us.
Yuck! I love technology. But Yuck!!!
When I pick up a book crafted with paper, it doesn’t know me, or care about my tweeting habits and there’s something old-world about that, that.
So today, I’m choosing W is for World Mythology and sharing a real book with you:
DO YOU WANT MORE?
Go to my 2016 A to Z Challenge page to see my other posts on world mythology.