People Still Read

As it turns out, reports of the death of the written word have been greatly exaggerated. Now a large-scale study by the University of California at San Diego and other research universities reveals what I have long observed: we’re reading far more words than we used to as we adopt new technologies.

Hand-wringing reports from the National Endowment for the Arts in the last decade lamented the death of reading. But it wasn’t my experience. Nor was it what other pundits were witnessing.

Last year, I sat down with danah boyd at SXSW and asked her what she was observing in youth culture with regard to reading. Kids are reading, she told me. Okay, so maybe they’re not consuming the Illiad. But the fact of the matter is that digital culture is making us read and write more…much more.

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