Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita has been the center of controversy for over half a century now. For those unaware, the simple reason being his story entails of an older man obsessed with younger girls – or as he calls them, nymphets – and pursuing one of which he nicknames Lolita. It’s understandable why such a concept will even today receive certain backlash.
The summed up reason for Humbert Humbert’s (the older man) fixation on juvenile gals is his past experience with a ‘nymphet’. At a pre-adult age, Humbert fell in love with a premature girl and had deep, passionate desires to marry her and – of course – do the dirty. However, before either of those was possible, she fell ill with typhus and passed away. Since then, Humbert has been unable to control his urges of recreating the relationship with another ‘nymphet’.
The story goes on to tell of him moving to America in order to pursue his writing. There he lives with Charlotte Haze who has a young daughter named Dolores. Soon enough, Humbert’s imagination begins running wild over Dolores. The two relate over how much they hate Charlotte. Ironically, Charlotte’s in love with Humbert and he marries her to stay close with Dolores. Through this time, he writes all his sexual thoughts into a diary which is eventually discovered by Charlotte.
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Within our age of the Internet, literature necessarily isn’t dying as some people insist. Instead, it’s shaping itself in ways to appropriately accommodate modern technology. Blogs have given independent writers and corporations the opportunity to publish whenever they desire. Newspapers and magazines now hold completely digital subscription services. Likewise, novels are finding their way from the page to the screen.
Social media is only fueling a new literary trend. Web sites like Twitter allow for publications in 160 words or less. Though this might seem like an insufficient means for receiving information, the use of the hashtag has only made more convenience for web surfers. A hashtag unites many publications together, offering a variety of opinions and voices for people to read. Likewise, social media uses online forums as a way to connect people on the issues they wish to discuss.
However, when it comes to traditional-based publications such as novels and playwrights, we are seeing a diminish in interest. There are a variety of reasons for this, but the most notable are that people want to receive information at quicker rates. The internet allows for readers to digest stories within a matter of minutes (or even seconds).
Let’s say someone is scrolling around online publications for an hour. Within that time, they will have overviewed a wide diversity of information. This is becoming the preferred method for one simple reason. People are finding more interest in having an abundance at their disposal.
Reading literature more than just a dying habit. It’s a modern dilemma that will prove to be consequential. We are living in a time where everyone wants to be read, but no one wants to read. This is due to society’s progressions into technological innovations. The human mind has altered into a reality still quite new to us.
We receive information at a faster rate than our ancestors did. Knowledge is screened to us in an instant and repeatedly replaced with even more knowledge. The way we access facts and details may make some think we’re getting smarter.
However, this thought process (in my opinion) is all too new and still needs research. There’s the obvious notion that if you read books, you’ll be a smarter person. I’m curious as to if not reading is really making us dumber. Not as individuals, but as a whole society.