Compromising Communion for Communication
This paper is an analysis of Sven Birkets’ `The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age`.
This paper is an analysis of Sven Birkets’ “The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age”. This book of essays urges the rejection of today’s high-tech, easy-access electronic age. Sven Birkets believes that today’s technology has placed the world in a state of “intellectual emergency” that threatens to destroy not only the conventional and healthy manner in which an individual relates to one’s own self, but also the way this individual relates to others and the surrounding world.
Twenty to twenty-five years ago, as the world ventured forth into the last quarter of the twentieth century, the future leaders of this world ventured forth into the public school system. On any given weekday, any number of these pint-sized learners could be spotted being deposited onto school grounds and into classrooms armed with first generation Star Wars backpacks and lunch boxes packed with such tools of learning as pencils, paper, workbooks, and reading primers. Pac-Man was as of yet but an unrealized dream in the mind of a Japanese developer and the innovative electronic games of Pong and Tank were diversions to be pursued only after school hours and after the completion of homework and chores.