If Twitter can save reporting, think what Vook can do for books

I’ve not been the worst Luddite, it’s true.  I started reading on a Kindle a week or two after the first version was launched, and still use it and a Sony reader for I’d say about 1/2 my reading.   (More, if you count newspapers)  But since I got to Vook six weeks ago, my tech knowledge/interest/time spent has increased probably 100fold.  But, still, I’ve been a bit of a Twitter hold-out — have address @saranelson, but rarely use. 

But all that changed for me this week — as it did for much of the luddite land — when it was reported, several places, that reports on Twitter were the most honest, direct and compelling of all the news reports on the mess in post-election Iran.  For goodness sake, even Dan Rather thinks so.   “Small bursts of text—like old telegraph dispatches—by way of Twitter . .  .give us an incomplete but vital window into what is happening on the streets of Iran. . .”, he wrote.

If somebody with roots as deep as Rather’s in mainstream media can have his head turned by a couple of tweets. .  .well, I think we ought to send him a vook and see how that rocks his world.     I wonder what he likes to read. . . .

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