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2014-03-04 01:30:58 PM
mle.mymiddleearth.com
 
2014-03-04 01:37:54 PM
I'd read more but the cats won't leave me alone in the shiatter
 
2014-03-04 01:37:55 PM
That's because I'm too busy working...
 
2014-03-04 01:38:40 PM
Anyone else notice how the reading level corresponds with growing economic power?
 
2014-03-04 01:38:45 PM
Reading books or like dicking around on the internet?
 
2014-03-04 01:39:34 PM
FARK, it's not news, it's day old reddit.
 
2014-03-04 01:40:00 PM

tlars699: Anyone else notice how the reading level corresponds with growing economic power?


It corresponds with a lot of things, most of them rather positive.

So of course society in the US isn't too keen on it.

/headslap
 
2014-03-04 01:40:17 PM
WTF? Read? What for...I have a TV.
 
2014-03-04 01:40:37 PM
Teenager: I read
Adult: What do you read?
Teenager: Twitter
 
2014-03-04 01:40:59 PM
I am reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull. So good!

Laugh all you want, but I am going to be all that I can be.
 
2014-03-04 01:41:06 PM
Jason English? Is that his real name?
 
2014-03-04 01:42:09 PM
"You know I've noticed a certain anti-intellectualism going around this country ever since around 1980, coincidentally enough. I was in Nashville, Tennessee last weekend and after the show I went to a waffle house and I'm sitting there and I'm eating and reading a book. I don't know anybody, I'm alone, I'm eating and I'm reading a book. This waitress comes over to me (mocks chewing gum) 'what you readin' for?'...wow, I've never been asked that; not 'What am I reading', 'What am I reading  for?' Well, goddamnit, you stumped me...I guess I read for a lot of reasons - the main one is so I don't end up being a farkin' waffle waitress. Yeah, that would be pretty high on the list. Then this trucker in the booth next to me gets up, stands over me and says  [mocks Southern drawl] 'Well, looks like we got ourselves a readah'...aahh, what the fark's goin' on? It's like I walked into a Klan rally in a Boy George costume or something. Am I stepping out of some intellectual closet here? I read, there I said it. I feel better." ~ Bill Hicks
 
2014-03-04 01:42:37 PM
We dohnt need no leerning boocs
 
2014-03-04 01:42:52 PM
i288.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-04 01:43:16 PM
I'm a bit surprised about the UK and Japan being at the bottom. Is that really accurate?
 
2014-03-04 01:43:21 PM
Reading the same old book over and over again shouldn't count.
 
2014-03-04 01:43:22 PM

Smeggy Smurf: I'd read more but the cats won't leave me alone in the shiatter


Um, stop peeing in their litterbox?
 
2014-03-04 01:46:47 PM

Shaggy0717: Reading the same old book over and over again shouldn't count.


But I still can't find Waldo!
 
2014-03-04 01:47:49 PM
yes, i believe that nations where most people don't attend school past 5th grade (india, rural china, etc) read more gooder than western nations.
 
2014-03-04 01:48:42 PM

Weatherkiss: Jason English? Is that his real name?


whenyouputitthatway.com
 
2014-03-04 01:49:10 PM
The greatest American novel, the greatest French novel, and the greatest Spanish novel are all about the destructive nature of reading.

Go figure.
 
2014-03-04 01:49:34 PM
i.imgur.com

This is what happens when you have an entire generation raised on online games and phone txt messages.  Anything over two sentences is, literally, tl;dr.
 
2014-03-04 01:49:36 PM

maniacbastard: Smeggy Smurf: I'd read more but the cats won't leave me alone in the shiatter

Um, stop peeing in their litterbox?


Nobody tells me not to piss in the neighbor's garden!  NOBODY!
 
2014-03-04 01:50:09 PM
How do we know that the countries at the top of the list aren't full of slow readers?
 
2014-03-04 01:50:29 PM

almandot: I'm a bit surprised about the UK and Japan being at the bottom. Is that really accurate?


I, four won, iz not reely beleeving theeses statstix.
 
2014-03-04 01:51:29 PM

almandot: I'm a bit surprised about the UK and Japan being at the bottom. Is that really accurate?


Depends how they classify 'reading'


Does it exclude reading articles on the internet? on a tablet? then UK and Japan would be low, and china and india would be high (which is what is happening). The article, or the buried source link, doesn't define 'reading'.
 
2014-03-04 01:51:34 PM
[Smacks gum, looks at the map.] "Hey, rest of the world, whatchoo readin' for?"
 
2014-03-04 01:53:11 PM
Just because they spend more time reading, doesn't mean they read more. Slow readers, slow thinkers, slow drivers, all of you get out of my way.

//lude
 
2014-03-04 01:54:22 PM
I am personally trying to bump the average up for Canada....reading Finnegan's Wake right now.... as well as some Tom Robbins.....usually have several books on the go....why yes, I am a geek with no TV!

/should be a weekly book thread here on the fark's .....maybe discuss something you like or recommend something you think we would enjoy....kind of like the old music tab threads where I did get introduced to music I would have otherwise never heard...
 
2014-03-04 01:54:35 PM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Reading books or like dicking around on the internet?


must be books
 
2014-03-04 01:54:42 PM
It's because TV sucks in those other countries.
 
2014-03-04 01:55:06 PM
Doesn't really surprise me, I suppose.

I enjoy reading and have kept a log of every book I've read in the last 15 years, and I'm surprised how much less I read since I started taking my phone into the bedroom.

I now twitter and fark in bed, more then I read.  That's bad.
 
2014-03-04 01:55:33 PM
Dat data!

/they used is bs
 
2014-03-04 01:56:46 PM
Santadog
I had to go to Lexington, Ky (we have a house in Versailles) for a wedding. My young son at the time was getting crabby so I took him from the after party and went into a fast food place on our way to the hotel. The teenagers behind the counter were discussing how math/geometry (I am assuming nothing further) never did anything for them. As we left, the kid looked at me and asked "mom wants us to move here?" "Yes", "please fight her and let me get an education".
 
2014-03-04 01:58:08 PM

Sybarite: [i288.photobucket.com image 320x320]


Came here solely for that.

And that's sad.
 
2014-03-04 02:02:40 PM

LemSkroob: almandot: I'm a bit surprised about the UK and Japan being at the bottom. Is that really accurate?

Depends how they classify 'reading'


Does it exclude reading articles on the internet? on a tablet? then UK and Japan would be low, and china and india would be high (which is what is happening). The article, or the buried source link, doesn't define 'reading'.


Came to say this.  I am literally reading all day at work.  Mostly it's numbers and specifications (and, Fark).
 
2014-03-04 02:03:41 PM
I really want to know what they count as reading.

I read research papers, articles, programming resources, but it's all online.

The last book I read was Moral Tribes, but I check books out all the time.

Mostly cookbooks, but I read a lot of recipes.

Failed to make a "Blueberry Muffin Cake"  last night.  Too much butter, if you can believe it.  I'm determined to perfect a recipe now though.

//Also forgot to thaw the blueberries first, adding a lot of cooking time to the thing.
 
2014-03-04 02:04:16 PM

Smeggy Smurf: I'd read more but the cats won't leave me alone in the shiatter


img.fark.net
 
2014-03-04 02:04:35 PM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Reading books or like dicking around on the internet?


If you go to the article linked from the page you'll find numbers for radio, TV and non-work Internet use
 
2014-03-04 02:05:07 PM
i635.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-04 02:05:47 PM
d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net

I ain't got time to read!
 
2014-03-04 02:06:21 PM

meathome: tlars699: Anyone else notice how the reading level corresponds with growing economic power?

It corresponds with a lot of things, most of them rather positive.

So of course society in the US isn't too keen on it.

/headslap


I don't mind relinquishing some power, but that would mean we would need to stop being so disposable and greedy in our society:

CSB: In 6th grade Social Studies, we did an experiment. There were areas taped out onto the floor into sq ft, in proportion to livable space on each of the continents.
Then the class was split into different continents' population(hat draw with totals in proportion to total population, as close as could be managed with the fractions of the classroom there).
There were 8 people standing in 10-12 sq ft in Asia.
One in an 8sq ft space of North America
3 in a 5 sq ft space of Europe
2 in Australia (Forget how big)
4 in South America
and about 5 or 6 in Africa

Now, the resources were passed out. Resources were starburst candies. There were enough for everyone to have two pieces.
Asia got 4 pieces
Africa had 3 pieces
South America had 6 pieces
Europe had 6 pieces
Austrailia had 10 pieces
and North America got the rest. The dude was struggling to keep the candy in his hands.

Then, the teacher bent over and whispered to the dude in North America.

After this happened: "Okay, class! The objective is to negotiate and redistribute either the candies or yourselves so everyone ends up with two candies/enough space for everyone."

It didn't effin' happen.
The dude in North America just hoarded all of his candies, probably due to what the teacher told him. Kept asking what we could give him as an alternative, and both Asia and Africa were like, "People? You want some people?" Obviously, that was a no go. Logic and empathy was beyond this dude as a normal circumstance, and whatever the teacher told him just drove it home in his brain.

Last I heard, the guy became a middle manager at IBM.

End CSB
 
2014-03-04 02:06:46 PM

yakmans_dad: The greatest American novel, the greatest French novel, and the greatest Spanish novel are all about the destructive nature of reading.

Go figure.


For some very odd values of "greatest". To which ones were you referring?
 
2014-03-04 02:07:07 PM

GameSprocket: [d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net image 200x244]

I ain't got time to read!


YOU GET NOTHING!
 
2014-03-04 02:07:45 PM

LemSkroob: Does it exclude reading articles on the internet? on a tablet? then UK and Japan would be low, and china and india would be high (which is what is happening). The article, or the buried source link, doesn't define 'reading'.


Only way I can make sense of it. That would favour high literacy/relatively low availability of technology countries like India and China over high literacy/very high availabilty of technology countries like Japan and S. Korea.

Reading competency at age 18 would be a much more telling depiction of educational achievement and literacy, but it falls down on the fact that nobody is testing a large proportion of the populous in many countries.
 
2014-03-04 02:10:18 PM
That ranking is bullshiat and obviously doesn't include the time Americans spend reading the guide to find out what to watch next on television.
 
2014-03-04 02:11:05 PM

anuran: yakmans_dad: The greatest American novel, the greatest French novel, and the greatest Spanish novel are all about the destructive nature of reading.

Go figure.

For some very odd values of "greatest". To which ones were you referring?


Huck Finn, Madame Bovary, and Don Quixote
 
2014-03-04 02:12:55 PM
Hours reading per week per person

Isn't it possible these people are just really inefficient readers?  I mean, my wife probably reads 10 hours a week but it can take her a month to finish a book.
 
2014-03-04 02:13:44 PM
Does porn count?

Say yes, say yes, say yes,......
 
2014-03-04 02:14:03 PM
Wutchu reading for?

/Oh look, we got ourselves a reader here
 
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