The Decline in Reading

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Leslie Brown Casey Evans Comp 1013 March 3, 2008 The Effects From the Decline of Reading Problems with education, politics, and health can be, in some part, directly correlated with the major decline in reading across America today. Andrew Solomon writes about these issues in the article The Closing Of The American Book. He talks about how not reading can affect society and politics as well as health in today’s world. He also goes on to compare and contrast watching television and reading a book and how it can affect a person. I wholeheartedly agree with Solomon on this position about reading. Solomon starts by crediting two surveys, one which reports that reading for pleasure is down in all group types; old, young, wealthy, poor, educated, uneducated, men, women, Hispanic, black, and white. The second survey from The National Endowment for the Arts reports that people who read for pleasure are more likely to attend musical performances and visit museums, three times more likely to perform volunteer and charity work, and twice as likely to attend sporting events. Solomon states that reading requires “effort, concentration, and attention which offers the stimulus to and the fruit of knowledge.” Unlike television which most viewers use to turn off their minds despite the good and educational shows that are aired. Using information from his book The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
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This essay was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENGL 1013 taught by Professor Lady during the Spring '08 term at Arkansas.

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