I am sitting here wondering just what Ernest Hemingway would think of electronic media. My first thought is that he would like the ability to quickly write whatever came to mind whenever, wherever. Then I thought he must have always had a journal of some sort or Moleskine with him though so he was already doing that. Electronic writing is only a convenience to those of us who didn’t want to be burdened with having pen and paper at the ready 24/7. Now we aren’t even bound to our home PC. In fact I am writing this from a hand-held device.
I believe nearly all of you will agree, it is a wonderful thing to be able to write and edit from an electronic format. Ultimately I think Hemingway would have gotten used to writing electronically, eventually. However, I believe he just may have found us a bit lazy as writers who must also be readers. He and his famous writer friends were all about living in such a way as to have the best “experiences” to draw from in their writing. They may have seen us as technology whores, waiting for the next post, waiting for the “like” or review; any instant response to our work. They may have seen us keeping our “eyes on the screen” (nose in book) instead of living and capturing the life happening around us.
Who knows, maybe he would have been the biggest fan. “Gertrude, you have to see this. You can hold hundreds of books in the palm of your hand!”
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