The material covered in this reading fits into the ideas of this course in several ways. Like many of the other ideas presented in class, the topics covered show us how some of our current ways of life came about and evolved over time. It also shows us the differences between life now and in the past. We can see how far we have come since the enlightenment.
There are many issues from the reading that are still issues today. Like the 18th century, reading is still very much a part of our lives today, almost everything we do involves reading somehow. Almost every town you will come across has its own library. Books are still a huge form of entertainment both directly, and indirectly (when made into movies). As in the 18th century, literacy rates vary from region to region and from gender to gender. Like the past there is also still a problem with government censorship and taxing on people. Today universities are more prominent than ever. However, now people outside of the elite class attend... [continues]
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