In his essay “Into the Electronic Millennium,” Sven Birkerts uses language that alludes to nature in a number of different ways and, it might be claimed, for a number of different reasons. These ways and reasons arguably include the following:
- Birkerts uses such language because practically every human being is familiar with nature. Nature surrounds us, and so, when Birkerts uses language “rooted in” nature (as I have just done by using the phrase “rooted in”), most of us can easily understand what he means.
- Since Birkerts is dealing with what he believes is a major transition in human culture, it is advantageous for him to explain it by using language related to what is unchanging and constant. If, by contrast, he had used a great deal of highly technical and unfamiliar jargon, his readers would be less able to follow his argument simply.
- Since Birkerts is a defender of what has been familiar, traditional, and relatively constant in our culture, it makes sense for him to...
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