Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The State of Reading


I used to download sample LSAT tests to determine if I have the capacity to become a law student (which I may consider later in life). In one test I saw a passage narrating how communication evolved through time. At first, before writing systems were discovered, people used to exchange information orally. Over time, as you expect, people moved on to print which helped historians dig our past. In addition, reading and writing has always been associated with an increase in cognitive and comprehensive skills.

It is now the 21st century and thanks to technology, we are given new media to converse with other people and convey ideas and feelings. Just like tradition, there will be a time when reading (even if seemingly unlikely) will be replaced by a new conventional method. That said, a fellow blogger worries about the decline of reading among children (Edit, December 2013: Sadly, her blog post is no longer available). While that may be true (based on experiences of the generations of people before mine), what I think really matters is how expression of thoughts must remain rich and innovative no matter the medium used.

What I'm trying to say here is as time change so will be our way of living.