Thursday, October 30, 2008

GJH on the 'golden age of reading'

Our man Greg Hughes has a column up at on the reading habits of the young youth today:
"... it will be digital applications that will help pave the way for a new golden age of reading in the years to come.

"What do youth value most when it comes to how they consume their media? The easy answer is portability, ease of use and reliability. The hard part, however, has to be two things: what kinds of content are appealing and how best to deliver it."
This ties in with what William Wordsworth wrote 200 years ago: You have to create the taste by which you're going to be savoured. It says here that there is still a place for reading a good old-fashioned book, unplugging from the computer for a couple hours, although that is coming from someone who hasn't Grown Up Digital, to co-opt the title of a new book.

Amazon's Kindle, once it's available to outside the narrow range of Oprah Winfrey and others who are so rich and powerful that they have people give them stuff for free, sounds pretty intriguing.

Youth reading more than ever, they're just not flipping pages (Greg Hughes,

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