We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Great books! I clicked on the link and was disappointed to see it's a podcast. I don't like listening, I'd rather read. The written word, where the writer can organize his thoughts and revise for clarity and conciseness and the reader can pause to think or re-read, is vastly superior to the extemporaneous spoken word. Who wants to listen when they can read?
And then it hit me that it was a discussion of King Lear, one of Shakespeare's plays. Sure, it was presented as a book, but it's still a play. Shakespeare isn't known as a novelist but a playwright. King Lear was meant to be listened to, not read.
So what is the significance of the fact that we were once an oral-tradition civilization, became a literate civilization and now - thanks to television, Netflix and Youtube - seem to be moving toward something different? Is a post-literate civilization regressing? Progressing? Just changing? Is there indeed anything significant in the change?
I just know that the idea of the book people at the end of Fahrenheit 451 seems rather quaint at this point. Maybe DVD people?
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