How Technology is changing the Writing World: A response to Jay David Bolter

Jay David Bolter, author of Writing Space: Computers, Hypertext and the Remediation of Text, begins his text quoting Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris stating that “the invention of the printed book [is] an end rather than a beginning”. This opening is a rather sorrowful one, I personally love books, the way the weight feels in your hand,  the ability to manually turn each page is a the reason why I love books and why I am concerned for their viability. Bolter goes on to explain how the printed text has a rival, or in the technological case many rivals. “Word processing, databases, e-mail, the World Wide Web, and the computer graphics graphics are displacing printed communication for various purposes.” With so many texts, photos and books only just a key stroke away, how will books, encyclopedias and printed photographs stand a chance. As the world becomes filled with new information the printed text has a lot to keep up with. Scientific and academic knowledge is becoming so vast that the organization of this information has turned to more electronic forms. Universities and the government are switching up to an updated internet since most of the internet is being clogged with information of the cultural world. 

As each generation goes on with the next they tell their stories in different forms, with each new generation, writing is going towards a more technological form. Bolter expresses this idea by saying “the principal idea of each generation would no longer write itself with the same material and in the same way”. With accessibility to internet, the new generation will write their stories using pictures on instagram, facebook and expressing the issues of the new world on twitter and blogs. 

Works Cited

Bolter, J.D. (2001). Writing as technology. Writing space: Computers, hypertext, and the remediation of print. Mahwah, NJ: LEA. 14 – 26


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