Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?
Is the Internet the enemy of reading, or has it created a new kind of reading, one that society should not discount?
By MOTOKO RICH
NYTimes July 27, 2008
As teenagers’ scores on standardized reading tests have declined or stagnated, some argue that the hours spent prowling the Internet are the enemy of reading — diminishing literacy, wrecking attention spans and destroying a precious common culture that exists only through the reading of books.
But others say the Internet has created a new kind of reading, one that schools and society should not discount. The Web inspires a teenager like Nadia, who might otherwise spend most of her leisure time watching television, to read and write.