Friday, April 12, 2024

Dumbing Down

 ... What they don't want to admit, at least not publicly, is that most American students don't read much anyway and quite a few, left to their own devices, would not read at all.

Their moronic national babysitter, the television set, took care of that. In 1991, the majority of American households (60 percent, the same as in Spain) did not buy one single book. Before long, Americans will think of the time when people sat at home and read books for their own sake, discursively and sometimes even aloud to one another, as a lost era - the way we now see rural quilting-bees in the 1870s.

- From Culture of Complaint by Robert Hughes (1994)

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