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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 26 | volume V | May-June, 2002



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 26May-June, 2002


A Harmless Anachronism or a very Dangerous Addicton!

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B. K. Worming

     A seemingly harmless anachronism is on the way of becoming a serious impediment in the realization of the grandiose project for complete implementation of the digitized new literacy! We are dealing with a remnant of the last century, a bad habit which can be qualified as pathological!
     Namely, since the beginnings of the designing of the “Gutenberg galaxy”, which is now dead, the visionary minds knew that it had to be an intermediate phase towards a more perfect media! But as a side-effect of the enthusiasm at that time and the unjustified liberalism, besides the useful and functional achievements of the pragmatic minds, a large amount of non-functional and non-pragmatic “works” have been graphically recorded, or we could use the clumsy archaism “printed”, which later were given the euphemistic term “fiction”! It is this “fiction” that is taking its heavy toll today! And where else would it happen if not here on our ground! Unlike the developed Alliance member-states where this habit has totally died out and it is a real rarity to find cases of libromania, in our state this phenomenon is on the way of becoming a serious problem! Most common victims to this addiction are the people of the “intermediate generation” who give the greatest resistance to accepting the new literacy! This is perfectly understandable regarding the fact that they were born and raised in a time when the above mentioned phenomenon was not taken seriously enough, and even paradoxically it was encouraged! From today’s distance one can realize how deadly was the formation of all sorts of reader’s clubs and clubs of book lovers where the young minds were encouraged to develop this dangerous tendency which will mark their lives forever!
     One such ruined “consumer” recently agreed to talk about the genesis of his deadly inclination. G.N. a 45 year old social case says: “It started early, when I was 12 or 13! Due to my physical constitution I couldn’t adapt to the games of my peers, games which like the one called ‘Who will first loose a hand?’ demanded minimum stoicism and psychophysical endurance! I tried to buff the feeling of being cast away by indulging into the seductive effect of the ‘fiction’ titles. I started with books like ‘The little prince’, ‘The Sea-Gull by the name Johnatan Livingston’ and I really enjoyed in them! An unknown feeling of euphoria would come over me

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