I will therefore abbreviate. My arguement was that the internet through blogs and other writing forums allows underground and aspiring writers to express their views and opinions to the masses without having to even state your name or where you reside which adds a sort of mystery and excitment to a persons writing.
Still, I think that rather than grasping a deeper meaning of one book it is just as easy, if not easier to start to understand books through variety. There was this ache, the "suffering together" that compassion literally translates to.
This means that in order to get what the author is trying to tell us, we must look at the text and think. Birkerts Essay hasnt changed my opinion, yet i can understand where he is coming from, as he notices that people were able to grasp a deper meaning in the few books they had read.
It is important to understand that wisdom is seen as a thing of the past, but also that its return would be the key to resurrect vertical engagement. According to Birkerts, readers are "awed and intimidated by the availability of texts, faced with the all but impossible task of discriminating among them, the reader tends to move across surfaces, skimming, hastening from one site to the next without allowing the words to resonate inwardly".
Birkerts explains that when we read, we must think about what we are reading. Also stated in his writing, was the idea that since there was less text and books, that people would re-read books in order to grasp the bigger meaning.
However technology brings more precise definites to the table. I also wonder if Sven Birkerts now has a computer, twenty years after writing "The Gutenberg Elegies" on his typewriter, staunchly avoiding as much tech as possible and worrying that children who grow up around Walkmen and answering machines will lose all their compassion and ability to think deeply.
Birkerts also seems to only be aware of people within his own demographic, taking it for granted that everyone has access to such demonic devices as a telephone and a computer, and that everyone lives in a suburban house and drives a car. The passage of Darnton makes it seem like today, we have a wide variety of books to choose from while in older generations people were generally stuck reading the bible or some other books.
Sven Birkerts is pretentious and pedantic, and often very ignorant Note: A bit boring book i rather say and full of personal views and not an unbiased judgement of an issue. Birkerts goes on further to point out the growing differences in depth of knowledge between the urban and the rural person and highlights the shift in the modes of information transfer.
Wisdom is what is gained from intensive reading. Today we have more to read than we did any time before. The data of the reading tells us the overall message of the reading and gives us a chance to analyze the reading.
Birkerts discusses the idea of resonance pointing it to be the ability to absorb a fact, configuring it with other facts and contemplating on those facts measuring its connectedness.
Sven Birkerts is pretentious and pedantic, and often very ignorant. My opinion is that the internet allows faster transmition of information, and that the amount of books and writing material gives way to a more cultured understanding of different forms of text and writing. He stresses on the importance of reading and how it liberates the human mind increasing its interest in reading.
Whereas back when people only had a few forms of text and books to read, people could have been turned off by the few forms of readable material. He is trying to give a passionate defense of reading and print culture while constantly attacking electronic media. Steven Birkerts calls wisdom "the knowing not of facts but of truths about human nature and the processes of life.
These assumptions were sometimes jarring for me. I wanted to meet the person who wrote of their isolation and tell them that I feel isolated, too. In the last parts of book, he says that he is out to defend the literary culture and literary values that we have given high importance for so many ages from electronic media.
We prefer the deflating one-liner that reassures us that nothing need be taken that seriously; we inhale the atmosphere of irony. The present reality of words like truth, meaning, soul, and destiny once used to find comfort and restore peace are weighted by new horizontal terms, giving it only the remembrance of yesteryear.
Resonance is when reading resonates inside you and challenges you to think about the reading. From wisdom he is able to connect resonance and resonance to deep time which is the single fiber of his point. Birkerts explains that we are experiencing a loss of depth.
However, there is one problem with this book.The way that we perceive reality is greatly affected by how we read and interpret information and experiences. Birkert's essay, The Owl has Flown, touches on this and how reading has changed over history from the vertical to the horizontal.
Vertical being the depth and understanding of the reading /5(3). The Owl Has Flown Response In Sven Birkerts writing, “The Owl Has Flown,” Birkerts puts forth something to think about for any modern day reader.
Birkerts believes that over the years the methodology of reading has changed as the technology has advanced. I read "The Owl Has Flown" for a class about four years ago, and had been wanting to read more of Birkerts' work since then.
It took me a while to track down this copy, and even longer to finally read it/5. Gurjot Ram January 24, English A- Reading Response #3 In this reading, “The Owl Has Flown,” Sven Birkerts explains the importance of reading and how it challenges our inner thoughts to make us more interested in reading.
In Sven Birkerts "The Owl has flown" the title is a metaphor for the decline in insightful, deep wisdom and evocative thinking due to the advancement in technology and the subsequent changes it has brought in to peoples' life style.4/4(1).
View Essay - The Owl Has Flown from WRT at Stony Brook University. Sven Birkerts is a critic, author, book reviewer and editor of AGNI, a literary journal. Although Birkerts has done many things.Download