Semester 2 begins and it is exciting to be back into things at CSU and starting INF533: Literature in Digital Environments.
This subject will explore the possibilities that new technologies are offering the book industry and readers. It is claimed that, in terms of literature, we live in times as revolutionary as the invention of the printing press (CSU, 2015, para.9). If this is true, we have such a wonderful opportunity to be studying the change in progress. In particular, I am looking forward to:
- investigating the trends and developments influencing publishing and literature;
- considering the future of reading and literature;
- exploring the debate between those who are resistant to new forms of reading and those who are excited about the possibilities; and
- examining the context, value and opportunities in using digital literature in the school setting.
The first module of this course (CSU, 2015, para.5), presents the following quote:
“Whether printed on paper,, or stored in servers, [books] embody knowledge, and their authority derives from a great deal more than the technology that went into them” (Darnton, 2009, p.xvi)
I would like to expand on this by quoting Philip Pullman who says that “after nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world”. I believe this has been true from when we told stories around a campfire, drew them on the walls of caves and hand scripted them on precious parchment. Surely, this will continue to be true even though stories may now be constructed of bytes?
Charles Sturt University (CSU). (2015). Gutenberg to Kindle, INF533: Literature in digital environments. Retrieved July, 2015.