Monday, January 28, 2008
An interesting point made in Riske's post was that the Time Machine does not have the same effect in terms of its message because of the large gap in time from when it is written to when we read it for class. It is hard for a book to translate over 100 years after it was written. The message of the Time Machine is not strong enough to be relatable for both Well's audience at the time and modern day readers. Our fears, concerns and thoughts about what the future holds for the human race has changed a great deal sine 1895, as well as our technological advancements. I agree with Rinske's main point that time and context has a large effect on us as we read the book, i would take her point even further to say that Well's book, while it can be considered entertaining, does not serve very well as a warning or message about the future.