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Silicon Valley Company Dumbs Down The Art of War

Should we really be complaining about a new e-book that is free across the board for Smartphones, iPads and computers? Probably not.

At the same time, nothing seems to better summarize our transformation into a convenience-obsessed, ADD civilization than today’s announcement that 2500-year-old Chinese military treatise The Art of War has been condensed into digital comic book form:

“SmarterComics are based on popular business books, where we take the main message from the original books and apply illustrations to the summaries. This saves the reader time, helps the reader to remember concepts longer and have fun while reading,” said Colleen Bunn, scriptwriter for SmarterComics.

And for all those Hollywood execs trying to ascend to the top of the comic book movie tentpole world, 58 electronic pages probably works a whole lot better than 384 printed ones. Rest in pieces, Sun-tzu.

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