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Twilight of the Books

New Yorker article on the decline of reading, and on the cognitive changes in literate as opposed to oral or audiovisual brains and minds.

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jordan179
Jan. 14th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
First of all, slipping one point on a five-hundred point scale is so small as to be statistical static. Secondly, I suspect that when you factor in "new media" (including online stories) the drop vanishes.

We are living in the most literate society and age in human history: a Golden Age of the Republic of Letters. If you compare, not across decades but across centuries, this becomes obvious.
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