Birkerts uses the terms “vertical consciousness” and “horizontal consciousness”. (Birkerts) He provides his rendition of a definition for both. In his opinion, vertical consciousness is the awareness one gains when they thinks deeply on a specific field of knowledge and then becomes well versed and acquire extensive insight on said subject. Horizontal consciousness, on the other hand, is when an individual reads a large variety of subjects but has no deep insight on any particular subject. He strongly favors vertical awareness and urges us that we are losing it.
I too believe that the ability to gain vertical awareness is slowly disappearing, as shown not only by Birkerts’ "The Owl Has Flown," but in many other examples, both from the real world and from other writings. As the world's technology advanced
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