Tara Maya’s Blog Tour: The Rise and Fall of Literate Civilization

I am thrilled to hos Tara Maya, author of the Unfinished Song series, on her blog tour to promote her newest release, BLOOD. Today, Tara is sharing her thoughts on the rise and fall of literate civilization.
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Every month or so another article will hit the stands bemoaning the loss of literary refinement in human civilization. This always amuses me. More people are reading than ever. How can we make this look bad? Oh, yeah, maybe they’re reading but it’s all puppy-poop! So there!So let me get this straight.

Year 1312
Number of Literate People Reading Ennobling Philosophical and Religious Stuff: 50
Number of Literate People: 50
Number of People communicating primarily through the written word: 1 (primarily a nun walled into some little room with quill and parchment)

Year 2012
Number of Literate People Reading Ennobling Philosophical and Religious Stuff: 50
Number of Literate People Reading Trashy Genre Books Like Harry Potter: 400 million
Number of Literate People: Apparently more than 400 million
Number of People communicating primarily through the written word: millions (primarily geeks walled inside little rooms with a computer)

Yeah, reading has really declined in the past 700 years. Cry me an ocean.

There’s been no decline, in real numbers, of those who like to read the erudite and uplifting and obscure. Those of us who are interested in flogging our souls with ink and paper are outnumbered by those who like to watch Punch-and-Judy shows, but that’s nothing new.

The main complaint here, it seems to me, is that some dofus went and taught the tasteless masses how to read.

I think the entire nature of our society is changing. Consider even the lamest, stupidest trolls on the internet, the kind who post profoundly stupid comments which defy the laws of both logic and grammar.

Twenty years ago, these kind of people would have not dreamed of sitting at a keyboard to read or write something.

A century ago, these people would not even have been literate.

A millennium ago, the majority of the human population vastly superior in intelligence to internet trolls would not even have been literate.

Just consider: Even the idiots in our society now have to be better versed in the written language, just to express their stupidity, than the geniuses of ages past.



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