Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What does it mean to read in the digital age?

In a recent article, Motoko Rich of the New York Times asks "what does it mean to read in the digital age?

As teenagers’ scores on standardized reading tests have declined or stagnated, some argue that the hours spent prowling the Internet are the enemy of reading — diminishing literacy, wrecking attention spans and destroying a precious common culture that exists only through the reading of books.

But others say the Internet has created a new kind of reading, one that schools and society should not discount. The Web inspires ...[some teenagers], who might otherwise spend most of her leisure time watching television, to read and write.

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