Hashtag Reading

Recently, I’ve seen a lot of posts on social media which are a variation of the same message: the advancements of technology are leading us away from learning and reading. There is also the implication that the advancements of technology are creating a grave for the publishing industry.

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While I agree that the introduction of children to new technology should be gradual so that they know to use it in moderation, I dislike the implication that the advancements of technology are something negative. In general, technological progress has allowed awareness to be raised for global events in a manner of minutes and has brought together individuals from countries around the world. A main argument is that technological progress is distracting us from things such as having new experiences and that we are “dumbing down” because of it; as I said, moderation is key, but I also think it is vital to use these advancements wisely. I disagree with the notion that new technology has a negative impact on learning because, if used correctly, it can help you learn about the entire world.

I have used the internet to learn about so much. Social media, in particular, raises awareness regarding global events (some of which I discussed in my previous post). Social media has also actually broadened the variety  on my bookshelf as it has led me to new reads which I have ended up adding to my pile of favourite things. I decided to read these books because quotes which struck me kept flitting around my activities on social media; I then discovered that those quotes had been born from the books below.

Therefore, in regards to the publishing industry, social media plays a large hand in marketing publishers’ releases. Alongside physical leaflets and fliers, publishing companies can now use their own websites, blogs, and accounts on social media to promote both their companies as well as their books. I only came to purchase the following books because of social media, after all, and how happy I am that I came across these reads, alongside many more!

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Gone Girl by Gilian Flynn

Gone Girl, which is now a film, is a stunning tale about the significance of perception as it depicts a marriage between a man and a woman. The plot begins on the day that the woman goes missing, but clues about what happened to her soon become so shocking that the eyes of the media turn to the case. The book is broken into two halves – just like the marriage it depicts – told by husband and wife Nick and Amy. This summary is pretty ordinary; the book is not.

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Crush by Richard Siken

This book is a collection of poems by Richard Siken which depict love through its true, ferocious form. The poems are honest and striking, and caused me to pause in awe after finishing each one before greedily moving onto the next.

 

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The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu

Once more I write of a book about about love, but this time the tale is told through a sweet ray of words that contrast the actual sadness of the plot. Jack is saved from the clutches of death at a young age by having his heart replaced by a cuckoo-clock; while this allows him to have more time, his life is restricted to things that don’t excite him, being that a fast heartbeat would equate danger for his makeshift heart. Falling in love is definitely out of the question, but he does so anyway. The plot follows the journey of a young boy pursuing something that, while dangerous, is beautiful.

 

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The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The quote that drew me towards this book is one that I have spoken about before. Told through multiple points of view, The History of Love is, true to its name, a tale of  many forms of love relating to many generations; however, it is also a tale of a love that is torn by war and fear. The love that 70-year-old Leo Gursky holds for his childhood sweetheart stands true despite being apart from her, but time spares no one as consequences of their lives apart from one another take their place. However, he once wrote a book that paints a picture of that love and, without his knowing, it has not only made it through the same number of years that he has, but has also been read by a young girl yearning for a way to soothe her mother’s sadness. Sadness and loneliness lace this book, but it is one that depicts love in a stunningly sweet way.

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