In Does Writing Have a Future?, a remarkably perceptive work first published in German in 1987, Vilém Flusser asks what will happen to thought and communication as written communication gives way, inevitably, to digital expression. In his introduction, Flusser proposes that writing does not, in fact, have a future because everything that is now conveyed in writing—and muchIn Does Writing Have a Future?, a remarkably perceptive work first published in German in 1987, Vilém Flusser asks what will happen to thought and communication as written communication gives way, inevitably, to digital expression. In his introduction, Flusser proposes that writing does not, in fact, have a future because everything that is now conveyed in writing—and much that cannot be—can be recorded and transmitted by other means.Confirming Flusser’s status as a theorist of new media in the same rank as Marshall McLuhan, Jean Baudrillard, Paul Virilio, and Friedrich Kittler, the balance of this book teases out the nuances of these developments. To find a common denominator among texts and practices that span millennia, Flusser looks back to the earliest forms of writing and forward to the digitization of texts now under way. For Flusser, writing—despite its limitations when compared to digital media—underpins historical consciousness, the concept of progress, and the nature of critical inquiry. While the text as a cultural form may ultimately become superfluous, he argues, the art of writing will not so much disappear but rather evolve into new kinds of thought and expression....
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Does Writing Have a Future? Reviews
Flusser's analysis in this book is fascinating. With the rise of digital, auditory, and visual communication, the idea that writing could not have a future sure seems possible. Yet, as of now, writing is also seeing a historic flourishing. The one critique I would make of this piece is that it feels like it didn't need to be a book. A tight, 30-page essay would have done the trick. It could have even been a slide deck or a series of pictures...just kidding. But in all seriousness, it went a little too far down the rabbit hole at times and could have been streamlined.
Amazing book. Way ahead of its time. Makes a powerful case to say that writing and reading is probably a dying thing and were all largely becoming illiterate towards modes of communication of the past and don't quite have a grasp on the future of communication. It's not sentimental just a powerful essay of observations and possible future paths.
not as classy as other 60's 70's theorists writings. Too many hyperbolic statements. even as a rhetoric strategy (eg. Machiavelli's), it's too much.