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The Fall of Language in the Age of English$
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Minae Mizumura

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163026

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163026.001.0001

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English and National Languages in the Internet Age

English and National Languages in the Internet Age

(p.157) 6. English and National Languages in the Internet Age
The Fall of Language in the Age of English

Minae Mizumura

, Mari Yoshihara, Juliet Winters Carpenter
Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the role of English and other languages in the internet age, where literature is generally ignored. It highlights three significant historical changes that have indubitably weakened the status of literature. The first is the advancement of science, where technological advancements and the growing importance of science can be seen in universities around the world that are relentlessly downsizing the humanities, especially literature. The second is the diversification of cultural goods, which are products that function at once as art and entertainment. The technology of today has made it possible to produce cultural goods, such as film and music, at a high rate. These cultural goods have dethroned the novel as they similarly explore the meaning of human life. The chapter concludes by discussing the third factor, the spread of mass consumer society, which seemingly increases the disparity between the intrinsic value and market value of cultural goods.

Keywords:   English language, internet age, literature, advancement of science, humanities, cultural goods, novel, mass consumer society, intrinsic value, market value

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