When I read a real comic that's printed on paper, the experience is obviously more "special". The experience seems to "last" and stay with me far longer than when I bring up a digital comic and click my way through it. Seriously, none of you digital utopians notice this? Are you all on consciousness-dampening drugs or something? Have you been diagnosed with any mental impairments? How can you guys not notice the difference? I can only conclude that your attention spans and reading aptitudes have been lowered somehow.
-- That is your own flaws you are talking about, not everybody else. This difference does not exist for everyone. You make a gross generalisation from your own experience.
And this is not some touchy-feeling argument I'm making. I'm not talking about "the smell of the paper" or anything like that. I'm talking about cold hard quantifiable evidence. MANY studies have been done on this. Digital reading comprehension scores are demonstrably lower in every study.
-- Because people read comics to be tested on them? What was on the 17th page of the 47th novel you read?
Everyone who does that knows that you notice more spelling mistakes when you print the essay out and read it that way. You also can get "into" the material more when you print it out.
-- Hey, another ridiculous generalisation.
Yes, absolutely. Except it's too bad that we've raised a generation and a half now who don't even understand what "local" is anymore, so they have no idea how to value it. It's like they're subconsciously trained to love "global" and glance suspiciously at "local". They're defamiliarized from their surroundings. Their culture is artificial and doesn't impact their souls--as if they didn't have souls to begin with, or as if they didn't know they had souls, or know how to feel their souls and perceive that the people around them were real living beings with souls as well.
-- And again, there are people who don't believe in your soul malarkey. You are claiming the consumption of Disney products makes you soulless then? ;-)
They clamor for digital comics, but that's not enough for them. They want digital comics at $0.99. They don't fully understand what it means--or what the ramifications are--to reduce the value of a comic, but they want comics to be reduced in value, in every sense of the word. They want to roll back the cost of a comic to pre-1990 levels, even though a buck in 1990 had much more buying power than it does today. But they see no problem here, no disjuncture in logic. All they can do is repeat the mantra that they think "$0.99 is a good price because comics used to cost a buck."
-- You are more than likely a cheapskate yourself, never volunteering to pay $6 or $7 for 22 pages of Batman comic.
Or they think that comics are $2.99 - what is the next obvious price from a business point of view? Oh, yes, it is OBVIOUSLY $3.99. Everything goes up in price by 33% at a time. Comics are significantly worse value for money now than they used to be. This is a fact.
And if you ask them, they'll tell you that they hardly ever even reread their comics anymore. They just want that constant stream of "the new"--their new digital drug--every week. And if you ask them, these are people who hardly even remember what they read anymore.
-- If everyone just reread all their old comics all the time, almost all your comic shops would be toast. If you have read so little that you remember every single thing you have ever read you are likely very slow or a very poor reader or don't read much, or all of the former, so I would have to doubt any reading aptitude claims.
Listen to their podcasts. Half of their conversations are about how they can't remember exactly what happened in the books they read that week. Some of them admit that they have to do their podcasts within three days of reading a comic, because otherwise they'll forget all about it. They often say, with each forthcoming issue, that they don't even remember what happened in the previous issue. They're literally losing their ability to remember, and their ability to think critically, but they don't really even seem to notice this or to mind. "Oh well, that's just the way it goes. I can't remember anything anymore or read anything with a critical eye. You know what I need? More digital drugs that will help me remember even less."
-- Mediocre fiction isn't worth wasting your time remembering, to start with.
This is the future, and it does seem inevitable. People whose attention spans have been compressed into nothing, who feel no guilt about destroying the industry they're addicted to. They don't value the industry but they're addicted to it, so they'll tear it down in the name of some sort of "progress", which in the end will leave them in a complete cultural wasteland. But by then they'll be too dumbed down to notice.
-- Actually, the disappearance of what you state would have zero effect on my local culture. Would even leave it a little better off.