The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter

Records vs. MP3

Moleskine vs. Evernote

Books vs. Kindle

Settlers of Catan vs. Super Mario

Analog life is analyzed and found to be superior in this in-depth analytical tome. Each chapter tells the story of the technology, the analog version and is filled with interviews that almost sound like unpaid advertisements for each analog item. The author claims that this isn’t an anti-digital book, but I don’t believe him. I didn’t find his tone likable and almost didn’t post a review at all.

After finishing this for the second time, I realized I could use it with my high school student as an example of bias. Reading each section looking for it, is a useful exercise. While I agree that there is a place for analog in our society I would never go so far as to say that one form or another is superior. In fact, analog is almost always the more expensive version, and the author comes off as an elitist. This is a theme throughout the book, as Sax talks about paying almost $450 a year to read the Economist and New York Times, or lovingly describes his “analog” summer camp from childhood (which currently costs nearly 10 grand per kid!). A lot of these things appeal to me, but I (and a lot of the general public) probably can’t afford to regularly drop $20 on a Moleskine notebook when Evernote is free.

I borrowed this book from the Chicago Public Library and decided to review it here.

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax.

Hardcover – November 8, 2016