IBNA- Iranian prominent literature critic, Abdol-Ali Dastgheib writes that the Book censors in our time actually are living in the 19th century and seems unaware of the progresses made in media technology.
In a note sent to IBNA, Dastgheib suggests: “With the development of media such as satellite transmitted TV programs and Facebook, young people are less attracted to books and reading. This is while nothing can replace books.”
He continues: “I believe reading digital books can replace paper books in future, but this, too, demands its own ground. Considering the present condition, I think it seems that the book censors have confined themselves in the nineteenth century or the early years of the twentieth century.”
The critic and translator, says ever since mass media and electronic media replaced other forms of communication, young people spend less time studying books. Of course, facebook and computer can never replace books, but people do not look for books as much as they did before. The reason for this approach is the quick transmission of data and information.
He writes: “People used to look for a particular book, in the old times if they wanted to know, for instance, what Ibn Sina (Avicenna) or Abu Reyhan Biruni had said about a subject, they had to search for the related books, but now a quick search on the internet can give you all necessary information.”
“I think books and newspapers will gradually be driven out to the corner, and there might be a time when numerous important literary and philosophical books and even rare books can be found as PDF on the net for people to buy their CDs. Like what we see today, for instance, that Dehkhoda’s Dictionary is in the form of CDs and people do not need to flick through the pages to find a single word,” he adds.