In a time where the internet is the main resource for finding and sharing information, the role of a writer has changed. To those in the writing community, it is a struggle to surpass all previous views on teaching, reading, and writing. The technological advancements spurred by the creation of the internet in the 1970s have become the center of all developed societies.
The reality we all have to accept is that it is never going away. Ipads, smartphones, and e-readers are the competition of those we call purists. Purists believe that no technology can replace the experience of the print medium. It isn’t just the change from paper to screen. It is a loss of appreciation for the way we read. Authors and readers alike must cope with society’s love of technology.
In America, those who treasure the written word are faced with a question. How will we survive if everyone else forgets how we got here? Because with every new advancement in technology, consumers become more dependent on their devices and forget the simple living of just a few decades ago.
So now I pose this problem to you, reader. How have you been coping with the advancement of technology? Does it make your life easier and more convenient? Or do you struggle to hold on to the rich history of the written word in your life when faced with the possibility of its extinction?
I will leave with an often used quote by Norbert Platt, “The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.”