Advancing in the field of literature: A Gift to society or a dose of a lethal substance to the human race?

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Advancing in the field of literature:

A gift to society or a dose of a lethal substance to the human race?

We live in a world that has been consumed by computers and continues to be invaded by new technology every day. In a futuristic world, the ways of literacy may change drastically from this new technology. A movie that could make you feel every sensation the actors feel, an interactive novel that lets you play your favorite character. These are just some of the possibilities that the future could hold for literacy. The question is if these new forms of literacy are a good thing for literacy and the generations of people to come. In many ways these new forms of literacy would take away everything that literacy is today and has been for thousands of years.

There are examples of futuristic literacy technology from books and television. A few examples of these can be found in a chapter called Lord Burleigh's Kiss by Janet Murray. One is the example of the "holodeck" from Star Trek. The crew can go to the "holodeck" and play a character and actually interact and feel everything, as part of a novel. Another example is one from the novel called Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. It's a society where books are banned, all children are produced by test tubes, love and parenthood does not exist. The movies are in a form called the "feely". The actors and actresses look and feel more real on the screen then they would in real life. You are able to feel the actors every senses. When they kiss, you can feel the kiss. If either of these forms of storytelling and entertainment ways were real, some believe we would lose a sense of control, a...