Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ben Bova: Knowledge really is power -- for better or for worse - another get off my lawn moment

Ben Bova: Knowledge really is power -- for better or for worse Naples Daily News

Another old author afraid of change, whose vision of the future is hampered by reminiscences times that never existed.

Knowledge is power. Literacy is not Knowledge.

Graphic novels that are based on a book are always not as good as the original. The same is true for movies based on books. Its also true that novelizations of comics and movies are not as good as the original. A graphic novel as an original work of art, like Gaiman's Sandman or Alan Moore's Watchmen, is not a poor man's novel. They are as nuanced and deep as a good novel.

The nature of literacy may be changing, but the quest for power (and thus knowledge) is still as strong as ever. The primacy of the long-form novel may be on the decline, but I am positive that its replacements are going to be just as effective in telling stories and imparting knowledge.