My youngest child, at 20, claims that we should stop medicating kids for Attention Deficit Disorder because it’s evolutionary. Sesame Street, People Magazine, the Internet, electoral campaigns—every minute, hour, day, the world feeds us mortals constant information in quick bursts. Even Darwin would surely agree with my son: the short attention span has adapted to dominate this scattershot modern environment.
Clearly, then, flash represents the cutting edge of modern fiction.
Mark and I are true believers. We pore over these stories, and we marvel at how they distill reams of information into 500 words or fewer. Like Sesame Street, they entertain--but they spare you that annoying Elmo. Like People Magazine, they give instant gratification; unlike People, although you can peruse them in the bathroom (if you own a laptop or a very long extention cord), you can’t use them afterward to--uh--tidy up (unless you have one of those little hand-held models and a very strong septic system). Like the Internet, they come from all over the world; unlike the Internet, they are written by real people. These stories are as fictional as campaign "sound bites," but they’re much more plausible.
So as you click through this second issue of Vestal Review, throw away your Ritalin®. Read. Eat. Read. Do five pushups. Read. Savor.
You have evolved.
Copyright © 2000 Sue O'Neill