Thursday, 7 February 2008

Digital natives

I got a kick out of Steven Johnson's article "Dawn of the Digital Natives" in the Technology section of today's Guardian on my Northern Line journey this morning. It's a response to the NEA study released back in November 07 about the decline in reading in the US saying that the Google generation's reading is not quite as woeful as anyone over 25 likes to think. It's pretty US-centric, but he has a good line in one liners:
"Simply excising screen-based reading from the study altogether is like doing a literarcy survey circa 1500 and only counting the amount of time people spent reading scrolls".

5 comments:

Andi said...

LOL, love it. Thanks for sharing!

Juliet said...

Excellent. Scrolls reference put me in mind of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ&eurl=http://www.greenchairpress.com/blog/

Logophile said...

Oh Juliet, that is too funny! I fear I would be that monk though (I blush to think of some of the silly calls I've made to the helpdesk...including a "broken" printer that wasn't plugged in!).

Ted said...

( love that video). SJ has a point, thank you for making me aware of more of the story. Unfortunately the need to make headlines on the earlier reporting about that study appears to trump telling the complete story.

Logophile said...

Ted, I do hate when headlines get in the way of giving a full picture. So frustrating!