Revenge Of The Text

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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
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This transition from paper to screen is not viewed with anywhere near as much cynicism by Goldsmith, as it is by Flusser; his opinion considers text to be something “self-perpetuating”, running behind and throughout everything we do.
In “The Future of Writing”, Flusser questions both the societal and individual changes that will happen as written communication unavoidably gives way to digital expression, in an increasingly-technological age.
His introduction proposes a lack of a future for the written word, because virtually everything that is currently borne in writing can be chronicled and communicated by other, namely digital, means.
He argues that the act of writing is being surpassed by a new system of coding and digital progressions; there will be drastic revolutions in the way we conceive and communicate a range of critical societal concepts like history and politics (Flusser, “The Future of Writing,

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