Cyber Culture and The Future of Print
How has writing and the way we read changed in the last fifty years? Technology, reading, and writing has changed greatly over the last five decades, but how much has it affected our culture? Technology has become our culture, we are cyber culture. We need everything as fast as we can get it, somehow we’ve lost the time through the years to read and write as we once did.
Computers have changed the way we work, go to college, shop and so many other day to day events. Many people work at home through their computers and the internet, they never even have to step into an office. It gives people the freedom to work when they choose, they could stay up all night and sleep all day. I think it could work well for someone who does not care for the nine to five drill or a parent that wants to stay at home with their children.
Now days it is common to take online college classes, students do not even have the time to attend class. In 1960 or even 1990 it would have been crazy to consider taking a class and never going. The whole class based on teaching through the computer. It is still a fairly new idea and I think a lot of people do not like the idea of paying money for a class they do not even have to attend. I think most people like the interaction between student, teacher, and other classmates. Another change for college classes in relation to technology and computers are the required texts. Already many required readings are available online so students don't even have to buy the book, they can just read it from the web. George Landow states in his essay Twenty Minutes into the Future, or How Are We Moving Beyond the Book? “A good bit of undergraduate reading in America, moreover, does not involve books at all.” (Landow 216) Is it possible for universities to stop using books, over time will it be more common to use the web? It seems like we are heading in that direction.
Soon it seems like most people won’t even need to leave their house to shop. So many people shop through the internet that many stores would not be needed you could buy groceries to cars now on the internet. The internet makes it easy to get whatever you want, if you can not find it locally, now even small town people have access to neat specialty stores that before only big cities offered. I use to think that I could never live in a rural area, because I like having unique things and shopping at unique stores. The internet has made it possible to have whatever you want where ever you live and that has changed life in a small town. You no longer have to take the time to shop, you just get on the web and buy whatever your heart desires.
Ask someone to not use their computer for a week, they wouldn’t know what to do with themselves. Now days it’s like asking someone not to use their telephone. If I didn’t check my email in week I’d have at least one hundred emails, mostly junk. It seems that most people now days communicate by...