Have Books Changed our Lives?

Books are very influential and play a major part in our society. If we didn’t have authors like C.S Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien we wouldn’t have many of the great movies we have today. Both C.S Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien were major influences in the literary world with their writings. C.S Lewis wrote The Chronicles of Narnia and J.R.R Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings trilogy, these works influenced the fantasy and science fiction world a great deal. Many years after their works were published, both trilogies were made into movies and became blockbuster hits.

One medium that has caused the most change and turmoil in the world is the internet. The internet has brought good and bad things to the table.  There are many ways in which the internet has been a good thing for the public and it has become a place where a journalist can publish news without being stopped by the government or their editor.  When Edward Snowden went to the press with his information about the public’s privacy being violated, he knew he would not be well received.  He had to go to a journalist he could trust who published his story over the internet.  His story has changed the way people feel about their privacy being invaded in the name of security.

There are many books that have changed the world, but one that stands out to me is the Holy Bible. When Gutenberg started the mass production of the bible, it made it easier for the common man to learn and read the bible for himself. Rather than going to a church and hearing it recited from a priest. This brought on new interpretations of the book and helped people to think more freely about the Bible. I feel this helped change the world because it broke down religious barriers that had stood tall for many years.


One thought on “Have Books Changed our Lives?

  1. You may well have underplayed the importance of Gutenberg’s printing of the Bible. Since this was prior to Vatican II the mass were said in Latin meaning the average lay person had no access to God that wasn’t entirely controlled by priest.


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