Monday, July 28, 2008

books r gr8

Ah, nothing like the irony of reading on the internet about the decline of reading due to reading things on the internet:

Published: July 27, 2008
Is the Internet the enemy of reading, or has it created a new kind of reading, one that society should not discount?
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 a teenager like Nadia, who might otherwise spend most of her leisure time watching television, to read and write.
And yes, I also see the irony of creating a blog (an enemy to reading) to promote my book (which is best consumed by reading). But, you have to give me some credit. When I blog, I try to use complete sentences and proper grammar. It's the same thing with emails and text messages. Not only do I capitalize letters and punctuate sentences but I seem incapable of not double-spacing after a period and I don't think I'll ever be able to bring myself to use an "lol". Heck, I may even close with a "sincerely".

Of course, while all of this would make my former English teachers proud, it doesn't do much to encourage people to reply without fear of getting graded.

But one shouldn't worry. I grade on a curve.

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