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'Internet Age' At Westport Library With Essayist Sven Birkerts

The Westport Library will host essayist Sven Birkerts for "Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age" Oct. 15.
The Westport Library will host essayist Sven Birkerts for "Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age" Oct. 15. Photo Credit: File

WESTPORT, Conn. – The Westport Library will host essayist Sven Birkerts for a presentation on his new book “Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the library's McManus Room.

Birkerts is best known for his 1994 essay “The Gutenberg Elegies,” where he wrote about trying to resist the siren call of oncoming digital technology and how the advances could affect how we perceive literature and art.

"Internet Age" is a sort-of sequel, where Birkerts talks about the previous two decades of cultural change and the pieces of modern technology he's let into his life. He discusses how this technology has changed him and others.

“An unprecedented shift is underway,” he said, and “this transformation is dramatically accelerated and more psychologically formative than any previous technological innovation.”

Birkerts also talks about the importance of being engaged with the arts, where creativity is allowed to flourish.

The Westport Library is at 20 Jesup Road, Westport.

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