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In the News: Will books survive?

Friday, 29 February 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Two aspects of the traditional book may be in jeopardy, however. One is the author’s capacity to lay out a complex argument, which requires the reader to study and reread, following a circuitous course of reasoning. The Web’s speedy browsing may make it difficult for digital natives to master Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason” (not that it was ever easy).

The other is the book’s special genius for allowing readers to enter a private world for hours or even days at a time. Nowadays young people seem to have a compulsion to stay in touch with one another all the time; one of the dividends of book reading may fade away. The wealth of different literacies and the ease of moving among them – on an iPhone, for example – may undermine the once-hallowed status of books.

— Howard Gardner

Read the whole article here. Thoughts?

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  1. Saturday, 1 March 2008 at 1:37 pm

    You are, in estimation, correct in your first observation. I believe the digital world is transforming many aspects of our lives, especially our critical thinking skills.

    Also, not too long ago, I read something about how people read online. If memory serves me correctly, most people skim read virtually everything, with the majority of readers rarely reading the complete article.

    Blessings,
    -bill

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