Books and reading have always been a huge part of my life – but I don’t have nearly as much time to read for pleasure these days and as such, I didn’t get a chance to read any of the books nominated for this year’s Nobel Literature Prize. This year’s esteemed prize went to Mo Yan, a Chinese author – and the October 13th installment of the Wall Street Journal Sentiment Tracker instantly seized the opportunity to gauge the reactions from social media users on Facebook and Twitter. 62% praised the author’s works, while 18% had mixed responses, and 20% cracked jokes – mostly about the author’s name, which is apparently a pen name meaning “Don’t Speak.” Check out some more of the jokes below:
And in keeping with theme of reading – and mixed reviews – I was sad to see the news of Newsweek putting an end to its print publication and going all-digital after 80 years in business. My cousin Sharon Beagly was the science editor there for years so I have always loved the publication. Call me old-fashioned, but I still like to hold a magazine or book made of paper in my hand, even though I am so digitally focused and environmentally friendly – so going paperless has me torn. Based on the results from the October 20th installment of the Wall Street Journal Sentiment Tracker, Facebook and Twitter users couldn’t decide either. 10% said they’ll miss the print version of Newsweek, while 9% said they wouldn’t miss it all. What they could agree on? 77% postulated on the digital future for the magazine and the many implications. And as always, there were some jokes – 4% in this case. Check out some of the extra jokes below:
So what do you think of these developments? How has your reading experience changed as we become more and more digital? Let me know in the comments!