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ssawicki 1 of 2 Los Angeles Times Killing the Written Word by Snippets Students are trading in books for search-and-seizure learning on the Internet, and real literacy is getting lost along the way. By Naomi S. Baron NAOMI S. BARON is a professor of linguistics at American University in Washington. November 28, 2005 A FEW YEARS BACK, I asked my undergraduates to read Robert Putnam's "Bowling Alone." The class was discussing the effects of the Internet on social interaction, and Putnam's carefully documented analysis of the breakdown of Americans' connections to one another offered a good frame of reference. The students balked. Was I aware that the book was 541 pages long? Didn't I know Putnam had written a précis of his argument a couple of years earlier, which they easily found on the Web? Why did they have to slog through so many examples of the same point? One memorable freshman sagely informed me that people shouldn't be reading entire volumes these days anyway. He had learned from a high school teacher that book authors (presumably fiction excepted) pad their core ideas to make money and that anything worth writing could be expressed in an article of 20 or 30 pages, tops. Has written culture recently taken a nose drive? These are the students who grew up on Spark
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2010 for the course ENGL 305 taught by Professor Sawiki during the Fall '09 term at CSU Fullerton.

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