Monday, January 09, 2006

On Being a Curmudgeon

"Being a curmudgeon is a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. Someone has to hoist the warning flags and raise some issues that the fast-track proselytizers might overlook." (Sven Birkerts, The Gutenberg Elegies, p. 136)

This book is highly recommended for its critique of the effect of the digital world on literacy. Thanks to Josh Sowin for reminding me of this quote (which I first read soon after the book's release in 1994).

1 comment:

WES ELLIS said...

Very cool quote. I never thought of it as a duty, the way Sven Birkerts describes it.