The Rise of the Illiterati

There may be some sense in the government’s decision to increase the cost of using the postal service in readiness for privatisation – it seems to go hand-in-hand with the previous decisions to close all the libraries, dismantle education in schools and price higher-education out of reach of the masses. One can almost see the logic: the sooner the written word becomes alien to the working classes, the sooner they will be deprived of a voice and will drop out of the democratic process altogether, content to merely accept their lot in life without question. There will be no feelings of dissent, the general population will have been denied the opportunity to read the works of H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, John Steinbeck or the many other authors who have analysed the subjugation of the masses, and there will be no discussion or analysis of ideas.

No longer will anyone harbour thoughts of revolution; there will be nothing but endless, inane babbling about such distractions as what celebrities are wearing or who footballers are shagging. Already we are seeing the results of this reduction in awareness, as individuals’ expressions of thought are increasingly reduced to sharing vapid opinions on dancing, karaoke, cooking, decorating, soaps and games – anything that is able to act as a distraction to the populace, drawing them away from political awareness, engagement or involvement.

Perhaps this is what happens to societies. It might explain why we are unable to make contact with alien species: maybe all that static hiss that they pick up at Jodrell Bank is just text messages from other worlds, void of vowels or grammatical structure and thus beyond decoding into coherence. Could it be that the destiny of all life is to descend into idiotic babbling and unquestioning servitude?

Maybe that’s the plan…

About Fles

Early middle-aged (oh yes I am!), no longer long-haired but still speccy and decidedly still an increasingly opinionated git. I’m basically a believer in individualism, that everybody has their own perspective and inner-beauty. I try to find humour in every situation. I enjoy reading and writing poetry.
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5 Responses to The Rise of the Illiterati

  1. reesesrants says:

    This is absolutely spot and explains why I am constantly nagging my students about spelling, grammar and punctuation.

    They may think I’m a boring old biddy but I’m trying to give them power.

  2. I have read and possess books by all of those authors you mention… and when my kids are old enough they will read them… if you believe the powers that be are removing this literature from your kids then make sure you provide it yourself… Newspeak and the whole setup in 1984 works exactly as you have described in your post… Winston Smith’s job is to eliminate words from the dictionary… by eliminating the words you eliminate the concepts and the concepts can indeed no longer be thought… but, as you also mentioned, all my kids and all kids want to do these days is silly pop music, silly tv programs, gossip and Facebook… they are in danger of growing up really stupid.

  3. MindMindful says:

    I hadn’t thought of the privatisation of the P.O. in this way, but I think you’ve got a good point: The loss of individuals writing to each other is a bad thing. And the loss of a means of communicating with others far away is a VERY bad one. Now, excuse me, I have to go see which celebrities had cosmetic surgeries this week ………………….. (what else can make my servitude bearable??)

  4. MindMindful says:

    Hey you! I am giving you the H.U.G. Award! Here’s the link to my post & the award’s website to learn more —

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