Who Killed Literary Reading?

Carlin Romano, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Jul 22, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There is a point here. On more than one occasion I've stood at the news stand in an airport or a bus terminal looking at the selection of books; nothing better than a good read while travelling. And yet I am faced with nothing but pap - Danielle Steele occupies half the shelf, the magazine section is dominated by fashion and entertainment fluff, and the news consists of the seven second sound-bite called USA Today. Science? Nope, filled with astrology and fad diet books. To heck with it; I'll play Civ III on the computer (which has the odd distinction of being more historically accurate than the historical novels on the shelves (much less the Disneyfied version of things)).
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