What if we don't need to read anymore? Futurist recommendations...
March 3, 2014 1:19 PM Subscribe
What fiction, non-fiction, or academic works on a "post-literate" world can you recommend? Has anyone written about a world where the most successful and powerful don't necessarily posses the ability to read or write as we know it?
posted by GPF to Writing & Language (9 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
There's plenty of dystopian literature that deals with illiteracy in post-apocalyptic or hopelessly corrupt worlds. Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" might be an example of the powerful oppressing the masses by promoting illiteracy.
But what about the opposite (in a way)? Who's wrestled with the possibility (rightly or wrongly) that technology could advance to a point that reading and writing as we know it isn't really necessary? Maybe it's not technological advancement that gets us there. Maybe it is ultimately dystopian and objectionable. Could there be a functional world that doesn't require the best and the brightest to have the skill of interpreting visual, written symbols as language?
I'm familiar with some fictional work out there - and want more. I know there's some non-fictional work out there too - and want more. What about academics? Has anyone approached illiteracy in a perhaps grandiose way that entertains a future without reading as we know it?