people who will read the essay. People are less careful and less aware of the words they are saying. He tells of a time when he visits a college professor and how he is giving up all his once-beloved books in exchange for the new electronic system. It became easy for us to remove unnecessary details which made us less careful of what we are thinking and what we want to say. He implied that expressing ourselves in our generation will be wilder and more open. Overall, the tone of the essay is informal because hes trying to build a personal relationship with the audience. . As long as we exist, as long as technology is there, and people have imaginative and creative minds, change is bound to happen. Through these three ideals, and other hints that Birkerts throws in previously, the author believes that the acceptance of a modern lifestyle has and will cause the demise of our education system and intelligence as a people. Fewer people will be able to deal with difficult texts and intellectual complexity.
It happens unexpectedly, it may be slowly but well never know. By using this particular story and then giving insight on how it makes him feel, Birkerts is able to begin pulling the reader to side with his opinion that people are starting to become too dependent on technology. He explains that the past is best represented by books and the accumulation of them in a library, so by moving away from books we will be forgetting our past. So, instead of of adding to his ethos, Birkerts background only degrades. It is also like a private conversation from the writer to the reader. Birkert posits three fundamental changes to come. Well just wake up one day, our world has already changed. I believe the author chooses this specific example to set the tone for what he believes electronic media will do to the minds of our youth and their education. When it comes to Birkerts credibility on this subject, Birkerts is very much biased.