The Age of Illiteracy

The frequent addiction to Bilibili only happened this year. Before, I only watched some recorded videos of streamers on Bilibili, scrolled through the dynamic feed, and then went to sleep. Now, I often linger on the recommended page for a long time, even if I can't find any interesting videos, I mechanically keep scrolling down.

Video self-media is undoubtedly a new trend. Previously, when text information dominated, some self-media dealt a heavy blow to traditional media with their timeliness obtained without verification and their selection of topics that catered to the pursuit of novelty and curiosity. Now, these practitioners have not changed much in terms of their actual work and the quality of the content they provide, they have just changed their form. Previously, the process was that the writers wrote the manuscripts, the editors reviewed them, and after typesetting, they could meet the readers. Nowadays, it also requires a presenter in front of the camera and post-production editing. The entire content production requires higher team requirements, the process becomes longer, and it provides more job positions.

Relying on the continuous development of technology, the form of video allows for more possibilities in content presentation. The relationship between today's video self-media content and previous text content is similar to the relationship between TV dramas and some paper novels. On the new medium, readers become viewers, and viewers can obtain content in a more intuitive and concrete way.

This also reminds me of the earlier popular audio programs, such as Luo Ji Thinking. In retrospect, its format actually pioneered the popular knowledge-sharing programs on Bilibili today. Thinking back to those programs I listened to at night, now I can imagine the same content with Luo Ji sitting in the middle of the screen, combined with the UI of Bilibili, without any sense of inconsistency.

I used to force myself to read books, but now I find that I have less and less time to read. I only occasionally open the WeChat Reading app to check my bookshelf, and I rarely open the Southern Weekend app. I managed to avoid being hijacked by information by uninstalling Weibo, but it seems that I still couldn't escape it.

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