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The rap on reading: TV, Internet aren't only culprits.

From: The Christian Science Monitor

Byline Gail Vida Hamburg
Author of The Edge of the World (Mirare Press)

Online Article

CHICAGO -- Recent findings by the National Endowment for the Arts on America's literary tastes suggest that fewer than 47 percent of us read for pleasure.

The pundits and academics wasted no time weighing in on the reasons for this decline: TV - reality shows in particular - videogames, movies, the Internet, standardized testing, the short attention span of Americans, and a national contempt for intellectual pursuits from the president on down.

Publishers and writers blamed the media for caring too little about literature, for assigning so few pages to book reviews, for turning more than half the population into culturally bankrupt yobs.


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