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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

From The Village Voice: Features: The Essay: Decline and Fall and Fall and Fall by Paul Collins

In our minds and in our cars: Technology killed the 'literary' reader - again.
'm amazed you're reading this—or reading anything at all.

"For the first time in modern history, less than half the adult population now reads literature . . . [amid] our society's massive shift toward electronic media for entertainment and information," thundered NEA chairman Dana Gioia earlier this summer. "Greater understanding of human motivation and behavior, for instance, can be gleaned from a multi-dimensional novel than from the fleeting images on a video screen. The indictment to be made against the Internet as a disturber of reading in America is considerable."


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