Goldsmith 's Revenge Of The Text Essay

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Goldsmith’s “Revenge of the Text” chapter strips down our normal, narrow understanding of language and widens both the definition and our minds, to include the raw material behind digital imagery (coding, binary etc…)
It deliberates the ways in which data is preserved, carried and handled through the affluence of the digital world, and turned into information, often by way of what Flusser terms ‘black boxes’ (Flusser, “The Future of Writing, 67).
He feels that having such powerful technology at our fingertips, with laptops, tablets, “apps” and social media networks, opens up endless possibilities for people as writers and we should, as a result, question our positions, as well as think about the changes to the “what” and “how” of the things we’re writing… “The writer’s role is being significantly challenged, expanded and updated” (Goldsmith, “Revenge of the Text”, 24).
Essentially, Goldsmith is saying that the integration of writing with digital innovation has blurred the lines between parts of the “old” world and parts of the “new” one; digital media has ‘set the stage’ for a literary revolution (Goldsmith, “Revenge of the Text”, 15).
He doesn’t see written language to be under threat, as he feels that the digital world is powered and underpinned by it; language is seen to be the foundation for the building and expansion of our opportunities and potential pathways in societal development.
This transition from paper to screen is not viewed with anywhere near as much…

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