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(ABC News)   One in four Americans did not read a book last year. Which kind of explains a lot   (abcnews.go.com) divider line
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2007-08-21 8:48:32 PM  
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2007-08-21 9:05:04 PM  
Wow, I would have thought it would have been more than that...
 
2007-08-21 9:41:24 PM  
geez. I'm reading at least a book a week these days.
 
2007-08-21 9:46:26 PM  
Well, if people are browsing the web and reading articles instead of books I don't see any problem with that. If people have completely replaced reading with just sitting in front of some non-interactive idiot-box then that is a problem. I happen to enjoy just surfing around Wikipedia for instance. Sure, it may not be 100% accurate, but it leads you to other sites where you can find more info on subjects that interest you.

Plus, I'm with President Bush these days... I don't read a newspaper anymore, even on Sundays. I get all my news online and it's actually NEWS when I read it, not something that happened yesterday that's been all over the TV. So, don't bash people for not reading dead trees in the age of the Internet since many of us are still reading *something*.
 
2007-08-21 9:49:00 PM  
you have to remember that a lot of books do suck balls.
 
2007-08-21 9:53:56 PM  
capecodcarl: Well, if people are browsing the web and reading articles instead of books I don't see any problem with that. If people have completely replaced reading with just sitting in front of some non-interactive idiot-box then that is a problem. I happen to enjoy just surfing around Wikipedia for instance. Sure, it may not be 100% accurate, but it leads you to other sites where you can find more info on subjects that interest you.

yeah, but even with as much as i surf wikipedia (and i'm on at work quite a bit), i still manage to read a good bit.


Enh, maybe thats just me.
 
2007-08-21 10:00:59 PM  
capecodcarl: Well, if people are browsing the web and reading articles instead of books I don't see any problem with that

I doubt most of that 25% from this poll are the type of people to do tons of online reading. Part of that number are illiterate (or functionally illiterate) people. Part of it is people how don't have time to read. Most of the rest are people who really don't care about learning anything new. It's sad how anti-intellectual this country has become.
 
2007-08-21 10:03:19 PM  
"Why read when you can just flip on the tube?"

/Bill Hicks was right :P
 
2007-08-21 10:07:01 PM  
I've found myself reading less and less these days. Maybe I'm just not interested in books now. That's probably it. I used to read a book a day as a kid, but that's changed. However, I do spend at least 2 hours a day reading wikipedia for no reason at all. That being said, I still do read quite a few books a year.
 
2007-08-21 10:18:42 PM  
I don't read so good.
 
2007-08-21 10:20:37 PM  
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2007-08-21 10:26:00 PM  
I only read a quarter of that headline. What's the rest of it say?
 
2007-08-21 10:26:18 PM  
carrot: there's no telling how many times i've seen that shot, but it just now struck me how much younger he looks in that picture.

/threadjack
 
2007-08-21 10:27:01 PM  
What's this reading I hear of
 
2007-08-21 10:27:20 PM  
But I've got to spend time with the "family".

/family is a funny looking word after three martinis
//twist of lemon, mmm
 
2007-08-21 10:28:23 PM  
BOMANI DMITE wanted for questioning.
 
2007-08-21 10:28:39 PM  
And what they do read is midget porn written by neocons in the Ministry of Truth. Farkin' proles.
 
2007-08-21 10:28:42 PM  
shadesofblack

Thank you for the new screen saver
 
2007-08-21 10:29:00 PM  
When I read about the dangers of smoking weed, I gave up reading.
 
2007-08-21 10:29:08 PM  
I love the elitist subby. Books are an old paradigm. Get on the internet super-highway, moran.
 
2007-08-21 10:29:20 PM  
So, er, why do we have to read again? Don't think it has any vitamins or anything...

Who cares if we're reading books? For most of us, any benefits from reading (if there are any)won't have any effect because of our age. And the kiddies these days are basically force-fed books in school as it is, so we don't have to worry about them.
 
2007-08-21 10:29:46 PM  
What's a book?
 
2007-08-21 10:30:06 PM  
...and this is the reason I will surround myself in academia until I am dead.
 
2007-08-21 10:30:41 PM  
Well, I'm rereading "Watchmen" this year, since it will be a big film next year. And I figure reading any Fark thread over 50 posts is a novella in itself, so I've covered myself for the past five years.
 
2007-08-21 10:30:42 PM  
Just one in four?
 
2007-08-21 10:31:10 PM  
Thats ok i read at least 4 books a year

/Im making up for the morons
 
2007-08-21 10:31:36 PM  
3 in 4 read Harry Potter.
 
2007-08-21 10:32:21 PM  
I read Fark.
 
2007-08-21 10:32:28 PM  
soze:
/Bill Hicks was right :P


He definitely called it. (new window)
 
2007-08-21 10:32:44 PM  
i am getz all teh reed i needin frum lolcat threds
 
2007-08-21 10:33:41 PM  
I'm The Foot Farking Master: Books are an old paradigm. Get on the internet super-highway, moran.

Books - the paper sort - will be around long after you're gone.
 
2007-08-21 10:33:58 PM  
skinink
And I figure reading any Fark thread over 50 posts is a novella in itself, so I've covered myself for the past five years.

Not when the majority of the posts consist of "QFT" and "This".
 
2007-08-21 10:34:16 PM  
You're preaching to a bunch of people that refresh Fark every 10 minutes.
 
2007-08-21 10:34:28 PM  
MWeater FTW!
 
2007-08-21 10:34:33 PM  
Most books are crap, but thats no excuse not to read. I'm still a student (and I actually care about going on with my education so I do the reading) so I read shiatloads and can say, the internet gives better information than any book. Hell most books I've read in the last year were worse than a good fark thread. That being said a decent book will have enough information from enough sources that you can shorten you time spent on the internet and deepen your understanding.
 
2007-08-21 10:34:34 PM  
Not a magazine? (new window)
 
2007-08-21 10:34:45 PM  
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Okay, if we don't count these titles, what's that percentage again?

/having a hard time swallowing the 75%
//did they count match books?
 
2007-08-21 10:35:10 PM  
or MWeather
 
2007-08-21 10:35:20 PM  
Starwars book count, right?
 
2007-08-21 10:36:04 PM  
All right. Book thread!!

I find I don't read too many modern books. The most modern books I've read (that were not forced upon me in school/university) were A Prayer for Owen Meany and few Stephen King books.

I most like books from 1970 and under.
ie. Crime and Punishment, The Old Curiosity Shop, Great Expectations, Dracula, Portrait of Dorian Grey, Dubliners, Finnigans Wake, Beautiful Losers, Catcher in the Rye, The Importance of Being Ernest.

Yes, I know, the last one was a play.
 
2007-08-21 10:36:21 PM  
I remember riding the bus in junior high and reading a book.

"Are you reading that for a class or something?"
"No..."
*blank look*
"Why then?"
 
2007-08-21 10:37:15 PM  
god bill hicks sucks
 
2007-08-21 10:37:43 PM  
TemporarySanity: there's no telling how many times i've seen that shot, but it just now struck me how much younger he looks in that picture.

It goes with the territory, some more than others. One that stood out to me was when Carter was in office. He pretty much went gray overnight.
 
2007-08-21 10:37:43 PM  
i.e., 75% of Americans are book readers

/I want to see your statistics
 
2007-08-21 10:38:12 PM  
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Well, OK, so this was a few years ago ...
 
2007-08-21 10:38:40 PM  
i hasn't not readed a boook for all mine lifes, but i shore luvs that karry-o-key!

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(thats me in the blew skurt)
 
2007-08-21 10:38:41 PM  
I'd bet that a portion of them still read magazines, newspapers, etc. No book reading doesn't mean no reading.

/Though for a majority of them, I bet it did.
 
2007-08-21 10:39:36 PM  
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2007-08-21 10:39:49 PM  
carver: thats me in the blew skurt

Nice legs, Steve.
 
2007-08-21 10:40:25 PM  
Third_Uncle_Eno: A A Prayer for Owen Meany

Maybe my favorite book of all time. Nice ta meet ya.
 
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