03 April 2011

The Reading Revolution 2

I haven't time to write a full post today but I had to make a quick comment about Malcolm Knox's essay in Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald. It was called Driven by Distraction and its core argument echoed some points I made in my previous post.  He uses evidence from the work of Nicolas Carr and Susan Greenfield to argue that the decline in book sales is a result of people no longer being interested in deep reading, thanks to the changes in our brains as a result of the reading and viewing practices that the internet encourages . It is an excellent read for those who might have missed it. 

For those with more time on their hands I highly recommend the interview with Nicholas Carr about his book The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing the Way we Think, Read and Remember. I have put in my Book Depository order for this one!

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