Steve Allen (writer/composer/comedian/host) once said that if “radio is theater of the mind; television is mindless theater” (this quote is Verbatim, hence the American “theater“). If this is true, where does that leave print? Or, books for that matter?
I find books the most rewarding. Books take you on a journey that radio and television can only dream. They’re a gateway to knowledge, creativity and power. In fact, you can probably learn more about radio, television and theatre from books than you will learn from radio, television or theatre. That’s a powerful thing.
Books are the original social network. They allow for easy transfer of knowledge between friends and open doors to mutual interests, collective enlightenment and higher learning. They act as a platform for groups of people to stand on to discuss ideas and trends that improve entire systems, processes and even governments.
A book can bring a small, intimate group of friends together on a single idea or pit entire nations at war with each other. The pen is truly mightier than the sword.
So, while I love television and still listen to the radio – books are my first love. If you don’t already feel the same way, I urge you to pick up any book (fiction, non-fiction, history, fantasy, graphic novel) and just read. There’s something for everyone and lots just right for you.