Wednesday, January 30, 2013

On Print and Digital

There are certain advantages which the various media have. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of the various media is necessary to know how best to use them. Many today are pushing the value of digital media, but I think it worthwhile to highlight one of the virtues of print.

For example, consider the book Glimpses of Lehi's Jerusalem. This book examines the cultural background of Jerusalem at the beginning of the sixth century BC. It thus provides a look at the world that was the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the Book of Mormon. Although it available digitally, the digital version does not have the photo essay with the beautiful photographs. (Consequently all the chapter numbers after the second chapter are off by one.) One of the harder things to convey in words is what things actually looked like. So if you are interested in what life was like in the time of Jeremiah (or Lehi), you ought to obtain a copy of the print version of the book. (It is still in print and well worth the perusal.)