In the book a Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart makes it clear that futuristic United Sates of America does not live in the age of print literacy. Every form of communication is done by using the apparatus. Even in social gatherings everyone is on their apparatus looking for information about people around them, there are scarcely any face-to-face socializing. Books have definitely run out of style, and almost non-existent. One example that print books have nearly disappeared in the dystopian society is when Lenny mentions,
Then I celebrated my Wall of Books. I counted the volumes on my twenty-foot-long modernist bookshelf to make sure none had been misplaced or used as kindling by my subtenant. “You’re my sacred ones,” I told the books. “No one but me still cares about you. But I’m going to keep you with me forever. And one day I’ll make you important again.” I thought about that terrible calumny of the new generation: that books smell.
As we read in the passage Lenny expresses his love for books. He lets the reader know that these are the lasts books...
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...ess we should not take these examples lightly. We are already living in a world where technology takes over our daily lives. Books are being replaced by eBooks which are an online version of books. They are more accessible and can be “scanned”, meaning we can look up specific passages or words without having to read the whole book to find them. Also we have online installments which do require us to keep copies of documents. Every form of payment can be made using a technological device. Our phones, and computers have become the number one source used when we are looking for information. We are coming up with new words to replace others, most of our generation does not speak sophisticated. In numerous accounts we have seen how the media has ruined lives. We are heading towards the direction of the Dystopian society! We should not let technology to control our lives.
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