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The Top Ten Reasons Why People Don't Read Books Anymore.

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Why not, if I am ever down your way ? I live in Surrey, but go to Stonehenge sometimes - are you far from there ?

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Why not, if I am ever down your way ? I live in Surrey, but go to Stonehenge sometimes - are you far from there ?
I am closer to Avebury and there is a real mystic pub there called the Red Lion.

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Next time I am down that way I will let you know then !

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Er, and how do computer games exercise the body? I agree with Kirstykat. Books expand the mind whatever thoughts one may have about what has been read, and children should be encouraged to read and run around more and play proper games rather than staring at pcs and tvs all the time. I agree about the time thing too. I have not read anything this week due to what life has thrown at me.:lol:

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Er, and how do computer games exercise the body?
In several ways. Your fingers get exercised by hammering on the keyboard; ;our facial muscles from constant scowling and grimacing; your arms from doing the Boris Becker fist shake each time you win something (or kill something?); and so on. :lol:

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Really glad to have sparked some debate here. See, my point is proven - we are all avid readers/addicted bookworms and look, we are having an intelligable, comprehensive discussion.

 

I rest my case :lol:

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I thought the list was amusing...ironic...but sadly true aswell. Anyway, one minute 'Nobody reads' and the next we have Richard & Judy to thank for the 'boom in reading'...so it goes.

 

It's no great thing simply to brag about reading when all you read is tripe, is it? YouTube's more stimulating than a lot of literature. Perhaps the idea that to read is inherently better than not doing so is a hangover from ye olde days when reading meant the improvement of one's education and spiritual nourishment...except for the poor proles who had their Penny Dreadfuls. With the popularity of Kate Price and JKR I think the state of the nation's cultural health is in excellent condition...;)

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It's no great thing simply to brag about reading when all you read is tripe, is it? YouTube's more stimulating than a lot of literature. Perhaps the idea that to read is inherently better than not doing so is a hangover from ye olde days when reading meant the improvement of one's education and spiritual nourishment...except for the poor proles who had their Penny Dreadfuls. With the popularity of Kate Price and JKR I think the state of the nation's cultural health is in excellent condition...;)

Very funny! :D

I think it is important to read for relaxation as well, so sometimes the quality doesn't matter, plus, it's better that people read something, rather than nothing (unless it's propaganda).

I was so insensed when I read the bog, even though I suspected Andrij99 was pulling out legs, or writing tongue in cheek, that I left a comment, which may or maynot get published. But one thing is for certain, you raised a storm and debating is always good.

Oh, and bad publicity is better than no publicity, so thanks :D

Pp

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I like to think it was a comedic blog post. I certainly hope so. But anyhoo, here's my rebuttal.

 

10 With the internet, video games, movies, porn, iPods, 500 channels on satellite TV, manga, magazines, graphic novels, etc., all vying for people's attention, books are a hopelessly antiquated way to spend your free time and they simply can't compete.

Yes they can. They really can.

 

9. Why pay $20 or more for something that you will only read, and therefore only use, once?

You think I only read books once?

 

Besides, you pay the same for a cinema ticket and you only see the film once; what's the difference?

 

8. You can't download books in the same way you can download music, movies or video games.

Good.

 

7. Books have no buttons or flashing lights.

Good.

 

6. If you watch a good movie, play a cool video game or listen to some kick-ass music, talking about it is a good way to connect with your friends. If you read a book, who the hell are you going to talk to about it?

My friends. Yanno, the people who ALSO READ. Like, uh...fellow BCF members.

 

5. Books require too much of an investment of time.

There's no such thing as 'too much' time when it comes to reading.

 

4. There are so many bad books out there, that it's a good idea to let Hollywood filter out the good from the bad, and watch the movie versions.

You think Hollywood only makes movie versions of good books? No, no, no - they make movies of books which would make good movies.

 

3. Libraries and bookstores aren't exactly the coolest places on the planet.

Like I care about cool. I make up my own mind about the places I want to go. I love libraries and bookstores and if people think I'm not cool for saying that, they can suck my fat hairy male chicken.

 

2. People's imaginations have been turned into mush by video games, movies, TV shows and YouTube videos.

Maybe yours has. If you read more, you wouldn't be such a vegetable.

 

1. Four words: no more Harry Potter.

Thank hmmm for that.

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Er, and how do computer games exercise the body?...

 

Buy a Wii and I'll explain it to you.

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What did he expect? Even if it was intentionally tongue in cheek, he must have known how contraversial it would be to post it on here. We have the right to defend our beliefs, and others to read them. I think he was trying to be funny though, and pehaps it didn't come across as well as it could. Am I right andrij99?

Pp

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Actually Pp, I think I should have had a mile at the end of my comment. In fact, I didn't expect him to come back at all.. he was obviously promoting his own blog. But, I left it, because I loved the replies. ;)

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I thought he was pulling our legs as it was so over the top and he said we'd enjoy it , but it does illustrate how easy it is to misinterpret meanings on the internet lol.

Come back Andrij...we won't eat you! GRrrrr! ;)

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Buy a Wii and I'll explain it to you.

 

Well, yes there is that, but I have never seen on properly in action so I can't comment, although I am still sure it is not as good as running around in the park, or with a ball in the garden, a good walk etc.

 

don't get me wrong, I personally love computer games, I just believe as a parent, that I should limit the use of them, especially considering the state of some children these days.

 

Slim Jenkins has a good point too. Intellectual reading most certainly has its place in teaching the young to grow up, and to expand their minds, and live full lives, but as Pp says, reading for fun is just as important.

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;) Good one PP

 

Its a interesting list but I would rather be reading my book :D

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