Intern Morgan discusses a frightening possibility.
According to Ben MacIntyre of Sunday Times, the internet is killing the art of storytelling.
He writes, “A generation is tuned, increasingly and sometimes exclusively, to the cacophony of interactive chatter and noise, exciting and fast moving but plethoric and ephemeral. The internet is there for snacking, grazing and tasting, not for the full, six-course feast that is nourishing narrative. The consequence is an anorexic form of culture.”
When you go to Barnes and Noble, do you go for Ayn Rand, or Sophie Kinsella? Is the internet creating rampant ADD towards a story line? The constant inundation of material flowing through the virtual world has conditioned our brains to expect facility and ease in all things written and read. We don’t want to work to understand our literature. On the contrary, we want our literature to do that work for us.
We don’t bother to buy a book on the life of Guy de Maupassant. We pull out our laptops, fingers twitching like little insects, and fly to Wikipedia for an overview of his life, career, and possibly even an analysis of his work. Quick? Yes. Easy? Definitely. But where’s the fun? Where’s the sense of scholarly accomplishment? Well, this isn’t the year 800, and education isn’t only for the noble, religious, or privileged. This is the 21st century, and learning is not the novelty it once was, even fifty years ago.
Check out MacIntyre’s article if you have a chance! It will make you think.