As technological growth continues to be the catalyst of innovation in the 21st Century, it seems that less and less people are majoring and focusing on the humanities. You would be hard-pressed to find a college student who doesn’t have “Proficient in Excel” or something of that nature on their resume. ¬†What you wouldn’t find on a typical resume is “Proficient in Ancient Greek” or “Short Story Specialist”–although either of those would both be very attractive as they are unique skills, it’s just not as practical in the real world. This shift towards technology is representative of our society as a whole. The “iPhone Era” has completely revolutionized the way people communicate with each other. It has become far too easy to meet people which lessens the value of a relationship. We need to re-establish literature into our communicative sphere and have meaningful discussions with one another outside of the classroom.

People don’t read the newspaper anymore. People may read the online articles, but physical copies are being phased out of our society. Yes, the prominent companies such as the Boston Globe and The New York Times are still standing, but even then, people would rather read the online articles. What does this say about us? We love our lives to be simplified with technology. That’s why people text rather than call, it’s easier. People are less apt to go out and buy a paperback book when they can buy it on a Kindle. The problem is that higher pieces of literature are sometimes only available in the paperback form and this is where people get left out of conversations. This is where I believe technology can come in and help bridge the gap between the two groups of people. If we can find a way to offer PDF versions of literary work to the public, advertise them, and make them look attractive to people in the tech field, we can help bring these two people together. At their core these two groups of people are innately different. Technology driven people are quantitative and like to answer questions. Literary people are the polar opposite, they are very articulate and like to be the ones asking the questions. I think that technology itself offers a solution to to people who are trying to bridge this gap.