December 3, 2010

Technology as Time

When writing stories I avoid using references to technology. I think I have only once mentioned a computer and I've never written the words cell, text, blog, i-pod, kindle, facebook etc. in a story.

I don't find technological devices ascetically pleasing in real life or on the page. Then, I stumbled upon this Kurt Vonnegut quote:

'I think that novels that leave out technology misrepresent life as badly as Victorians misrepresented life by leaving out sex.'

I admit, technology is a great way to pinpoint a specific time period, but I think it can also date a piece or exclude certain readers. Wondering if my characters need to get with the times.

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