Will Self: Are humans evolving beyond the need to tell stories?

An interesting article, printed recently in The Guardian, on literary evolution by poet and writer, Will Self.

A few years ago I gave a lecture in Oxford that was reprinted in the Guardian under the heading: “The novel is dead (this time it’s for real)”. In it I argued that the novel was losing its cultural centrality due to the digitisation of print: we are entering a new era, one with a radically different form of knowledge technology, and while those of us who have what Marshal McLuhan termed “Gutenberg minds” may find it hard to comprehend – such was our sense of the solidity of the literary world – without the necessity for the physical book itself, there’s no clear requirement for the art forms it gave rise to.

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5 thoughts on “Will Self: Are humans evolving beyond the need to tell stories?

  1. Take the ingredients – film, television, comic books. Add convenient technology, tablets, smart phones. Lace with social networks like FB, Twitter, Snapchat. Mix thoroughly and garnish with an assortment of mildly psychoactive drugs and a short attention span…the result might be terrifying but I think life is giving millennials a raw deal. The US is no longer in one war, it’s in every war. People once got elected to get something done and the people who elected them did so because what they want to do will benefit them. It was a given. These days, even that illusion is stripped bare and people are aware of their own ineffectuality before they ever get to exercise their right to vote.

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