Friday, October 30, 2009

SNL's Virtual Reading Skit a Possible Influence for E-Readers

[This article originally posted to http://thewritejob.blogspot.com/2009/10/snls-virtual-reading-skit-possible.html
on October 21, 2009]

Several years ago, there had been a skit on Saturday Night Live that pushed a product for purposes of virtual reading. The skit opened with someone wearing virtual-reality visors, holding a book-size object. After sweeping an index finger from the top of a virtual page to the bottom, simulating reading, the actor made a motion with the hand or finger as though turning a real page. As the product preceded Kindle, it was entertaining and funny. Unfortunately, despite combing google for information and videos, the only reference I have been able to locate regarding the skit is at http://m.gawker.com/site?sid=gawker&pid=Comments.detailed&section=Allpost&commentid=355159&targetId=Gawker-355159.

Sat, 16 Aug 2008 01:27:30 All she needs is a headset and it would be just like the "virtual reading" sketch on Saturday Night Live a few years ago.

In any case, I find it interesting that Kindle seemed to have become a case of life imitating art—the use of a paperback-size device to read books. It might be only a matter of time when e-readers become the reading media to tote for killing time with, replacing paperbacks, newspapers, and magazines. Speaking of which, a not-Kindle is making its appearance to the world—Nook, from Barnes & Noble.

Nook news ("Barnes & Noble E-Reader Puts Heat On Amazon")—http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/retail/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=220900002

Kindle review from CNET (result from youtube search for view count, uploaded November 2007)— http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAf4vxGEOAo

Tongue-in-cheek thought from Anonymous:
"If you get a Kindle, you can use your books for kindling."

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