The Importance Of Books
Media as a whole interests me, from videos, to photographs, blogs etc. Books, though, are not often considered media. Upon inspection, however, in the past they have had as much effect, if not more, as other media forms. Mass marketed books have the ability to prompt critical thinking, by questioning norms and what society takes for granted.
Since high school, I have been taught the importance of books as not only personal pleasures, but catalytic of change. Ranging from Uncle Tom’s Cabin and its stirring of the civil war, to The jungle and how it led to passing of labor regulation laws, to Anne Frank’s Diary, to Beauvoir’s The Second Sex.
On a more personal level, books were a larger part of my childhood. Being one of the last generations of kids born before the 21st century, I believe that those born in the 90’s have one foot in, and one foot out of the door. We grew into the era of video games and tablets, but personally, my childhood was spent being a bookworm. One of my goals is to have a library with all the books I have ever read. Being such a significant part of my early life, and then social media and blogging being significant to me in recent years, the question of whether or not books will become obsolete strikes me as a much underrated question, one that we are on the brink of finding out about as technology is rapidly advancing.
This question can be debated, but historically speaking, books have been very influential subjects of interpretation and movement.…