Subjectivity on the Wane

James Shapiro, a famous scholar of Shakespeare at Columbia, honestly talks about what technology did to his reading habits:

This is extremely sad. It’s James Shapiro! A guy who reads for a living.

But it gets worse:

I’m telling you, folks, in a world where focus becomes the rarest of commodities, we’ll have a cognitive elite far beyond anything we can begin to imagine. We’ll have people who not only don’t enjoy being alone with their thoughts for 3-4 hours but who have no idea that it’s even possible. And we’ll also have a small minority that will create fake subjectivities for these invalids. And then sic them at each other for fun.

Well, at least I read 6 novels this month and spent many hours spacing out aimlessly, so there’s some relief on an individual level.


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