Once I was excited for the advent of HTML and the web, complimenting text with images. I didn’t foresee ads. Even worse is the use of video on supposed news sites. With many it is no longer possible to even scan and chose an article before video begins blasting. One doesn’t need eidetic memory to gather the gist of written material in seconds. With video am obligated to waste at least a minute before determining whether the piece contains useful information. Equally frustrating is searching for instruction and only finding a YouTube tutorial for something that could be explained in a few sentences.
Until recently the only alternative to the dumbed-down web was a third party browser, which sacrificed features, or semi-permanently adjusting multimedia settings with unpredictable results. Thankfully Google has come to the rescue with a “text mode” toggle in a free ad on. It can be left on normally, but is useful before visiting a “news” site like USA Today, CNN or Huffington Post, which anticipate visitors have child-like attention spans.
Somewhat related, and admit this may be a generational handicap, I may never adapt to the e-book readers. Quoting Harper Lee, “soft pages, not cold metal” are required to fuel my imagination.