The Changes In the Written Word In The Last 200 Years
Embracing A Brave New World
George Orwell’s prediction is about to be realized since it is already the end of 1984. An apocalypse is silently lurking in the backdoor.
Allow me to show you what 1984 looked like. 1984 was close to the end of the Cold War. The wall of Berlin will fall and in the next 10 years to come, Ronald Reagan will be known forever as the man who has ended the Soviet Union.
We don not know this anymore. The president now is a celebrity. The discourse of the public has been fully replaced by entertainment an the TV became the leader of the world today. Average Americans do not give much importance to the written word in their daily lives.
It would not be interesting if it is not entertaining.
Mr. Neil Postman, an american communication philosopher claimed in his book that yes, we might have avoided the 1984 cold war but we have also landed into a Brave New world. It will be shown in the next few line how the apocalypse has change the written word today.
The Written Word and it’s Celebrity status
Tiny was the word before the telegraph was invented. It was only through the written word wherein the open world can be reached.
You can always refer to the newspaper if you want to know what happened in the months before. The news and information you will get in the information is already history.
It is the books that you will find knowledge. And it was only knowledge that was worthy of all the hard work in the 18th and 19th centuries. People will know you because you write books. During those times, if you want to be famous, you will write books.
I envy those people who wrote and published a book in the 18th and 19th century as I am an author myself. They could have traveled the world and speak in various languages like Mark Twain. He was rich, famous and successful through his writings.
Nowadays, you will not get as much much popularity and money as you would not like to TV stars you see in the TV, it has already deviated. Your books got you famous and you will known by your intellect.
Your looks will not matter and people do not care for as long as you write books and got famous for it. It is the books that will define you and not even your stature in life will.
Only logic prevailed in those times. You will only be laughed at in the Senate or in the White House if you did not have a difficult argument. You will not just belittled if you had a long argument.