I was watching Buffy reruns on Netflix this morning because I’m getting old and creepy and nostalgic-for-the-90s, and still use words like “reruns”, and I came across this scene where Buffy’s Watcher, Rupert Giles, explains to her computer-science teacher why he prefers books to computers, and I thinkÂ that he says touches on why our online interactions and relationshipsÂ are unfulfilling:
Smell is the most powerful trigger to the memory there is. A certain flower, or a-a whiff of smoke can bring up experiences long forgotten. Books smell musty and-and-and rich. The knowledge gained from a computer is a – it, uh, it has no-no texture, no-no context. It’s-it’s there and then it’s gone. If it’s to last, then-then the getting of knowledge should be, uh, tangible, it should be, um, smelly.
Agree or disagree, here’s a clip to take up another 47 seconds of your life.