Margaret Atwood: "Technology Mascot For The Literary World"
Atwood is a popular presence on Twitter, writes regularly for Byliner.com, recently released a new novel series purely in eBook form, hosts virtual book tours, and helped invent the "LongPen" to sign books from anywhere in the world. (And that's only naming a few of the tech ventures she's embarked upon recently.) Through it all, she's remained optimistic without being overzealous, and informative without being "cheesy." This is an accomplishment for any tech junky, and even more so for the 73-year-old Atwood. As she says in the article, the internet is simply a "smoke signal in another form." While there are new opportunities burgeoning with the help of the web, Atwood argues that we are continuing to do what we as people have always done. And the aid of new technology doesn't change our basic instincts. "Being human remains about the same," Atwood says in the article. "I think it rearranges brain patterns temporarily, as all of our technologies do. But when the lights go out, and you can’t get your internet, how long does it take you to remember how to light a fire? Not very long. Not long at all."
With a huge literary repertoire, Atwood's influence in the literary world virtually speaks for itself. Never content to rest on her laurels, she is constantly embracing new ventures. Her foray into the digital world has certainly not gone unnoticed, either. The New Republic praises her "graceful" commentary on technology, and the L.A.Times says that she remains "ahead of the curve" and has overcome the stereotypes that surround traditionally technophobic authors. Her keynotes touch on literature, social activism, political engagement, the creative process, the artist's role in society, technology and art, and provide unparalleled insight into her own remarkable body of work.