The most interesting part of this article is the lack of an ironic and mocking tone. If I wrote that article it would read “look at these status-obsessed weirdos who buy books by the foot that they’ll never read.” And most other articles about the books-by-the-foot industry do exactly that.
What this article signifies then, is a shift in the perception of the books-by-the-foot industry, at least among the aspirational class that subscribes to the WSJ to get the iPad app. Notice the real purpose of curating your two-story architect-designed library: it isn’t just to impress guests or program your future Ivy Leaguer (both valid reasons, of course), people build these fire hazards to get away from electronics and to have real communication with their friends and family.
The problem wasn’t with the TV, Facebook, or your iPad.
The headline shows you everything you need to know about what the WSJ thinks of its readers, and the article’s comments show that the readers agree: it’s not your fault you and yours are uneducated, distracted and can’t keep it up, you just haven’t architected your Versailles-style library yet. But hey, someday! Until then, is there a good public domain e-reader app on the iPad? I want to read some Hemmingway and ignore my wife.