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How is literature relevant today?

Written by son of rambow on Monday, April 18, 2011

# I would argue that literature is relevant to today's generation in the same way it was relevant to my own (born in 1970) generation.

Literature has always been relevant only to those who care. Literature has been (at least since my youth) an optional thing. You could easily go through life without truly encountering "good" literature. I think it is the same now.

For those who care about it, literature continues to be relevant. It continues to allow people to explore and contemplate the human condition. That, too, has not changed.

So I guess I don't see a real difference between literature's relevance today and its relevance to my generation.

## I think there are all kinds of things in literature that are still relevant, and if you consider a rather wide range of books to be literature, even more are relevant.

If you read any science fiction, it is still a wonderful place where the moral and ethical questions raised by powerful new technologies are raised and dealt with. These can be particularly helpful to those willing to pay attention to them as our society generally fails to raise these questions and rushes headlong into any new technology without pausing for breath.

### Literature and technology are not mutually exclusive. In fact, with the use of technology, literature can reach a far wider audience than ever. Technology is merely a vehicle - literature is the passenger. Literature remains a great unifying and illuminating force - one of the ways in which we learn and celebrate ideas, share experiences, connect to our pasts, gain insights into other cultures and share in hope for the future.

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