War of the Words: Is your phone changing how you think?
Saturday, 27 August
Our always-on digital world is changing how we read, which means it’s altering how our minds work. Literary critic Sven Birkerts, author of Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age, tells Andrew Harrison how the act of reading is fundamentally different when the printed word is just part of an ever-changing multiplex – and why the state reading puts you in is more important than the words on the page (or the screen).
“A book used to be an escape, but now the outside world is always insistently present.”
“It’s harder to get inside your own head when there is so much to escape from.”
“Audiobooks are fine but you can’t process a literary sentence at the speed of a voice.”
Written and presented by Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.
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