In the immortal words of the comedian Eddie Izzard, I have
what is known as "technojoy, not technofear." I understand his statement as
embracing technology, machinery, and the bizarre with the awesome, all in the
name of furthering us humans into the cyber age. I'm all for it. I will embrace
the tech. I have no fear of it.
I appreciate technology, I truly do. Working with my chosen
medium of entertainment, books, puts me at odds with technology every day, but
I still love books, and I adore tech. As a gamer, I admire technology more than
some people, and as a reader, I think too much about gaming narratives and
mechanics, and how they fit together. I can escape neither the printed word nor
technology on a daily basis, and so I have simply chosen to embrace each with
equal relish. I like old school books; I like new technology. I am in the prime
place to find the happy medium between my "technojoy" and my love of books.
I came to terms with the fact that I can live blissfully in
the techy world of games and hardware, bleeps and blips, controllers and
cables, while still functioning in the world of ladders, shelving, paper and
ink. I can also carry heavy boxes of books from one end of a building to the
other without having to stop for a rest. So there's that bonus too.
Until I was scoping out e-readers the other day, I'd thought
that I had found my way to live peacefully in both worlds, the world of tech
and the world of the printed word. I sell books by day; I game by night. These
are two worlds and I live happily in both. Now, I'm suddenly not so sure I can
have one without the other, and it's all the fault of an e-reader.