Tom Stoppard X David Crystal: augmented realities, books and the death of print

 

With digital technology now offering so many compelling options, encouraging children to read books has become a herculean task. So said the author and playwright Tom Stoppard this week, when he told the London Daily Telegraphthat children are such technophiles that he fears for the future of reading.

David Crystal, president of the UK’s National Literacy Association, thinks these fears are overplayed, however. Speaking at the Royal Society of Arts in London this week, he denounced those who say the abbreviated style used in texting is corrupting English. He thinks we should embrace any and all new technologies that get people reading – whether that’s Facebook, blogs, texts or emails.

“When these critics walk down the street, don’t they see kids reading all the time – on their mobile phones? Are they so blind they can’t see that?” he says. “To say kids aren’t reading is just false. Too much attention is paid to the technology carrying their words and not the content.”

Indeed, the digital written word seems to be in rude health. This week an e-book price war broke out, some say as a direct response to the Apple iPad, which is now used by 3 million readers around the world.

From: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19091-innovation-smarter-books-aim-to-win-back-the-kids.html

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June 9, 2011. Uncategorized.

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