E.L. Doctorow received the 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards in New York this evening.
Doctorow took to the opportunity on stage to give a long speech about the Internet, which he called “ubiquitous and loomingly present in everything we do.” He talked about how the virtual world has changed out world forever and the opportunities and risks involved.
“Like all worlds, the virtual comes with its heaven and its hell,” he said.
“Its substance is not mountains and seas, but information, data and knowledge in every form and every kind transmitted for every person,” he described it, pointing out the myriads of purpose that the world wide web serves from creating wealth and educating to spying and making war. He called us “immigrants” in “a new world.” Read more