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A Literate Generation?
Member Name: 1st2thebar
A Literate Generation?
Date: 21/08/12, updated on 22/08/12 (27 review reads)
Advantages: Reinvestment into children is required
Disadvantages: Libraries and small bookstores are dying off
Since computer games have become so popular do you think children are reading less for pleasure?
There is a failure in our educators and schooling because children are reading less for pleasure, although there have always been distractions regardless of what era your youth resided in. For me, it was my unquenchable admiration for Victoria Principle who played 'Pamela Ewing in Dallas' - I could neither concentrate on my reading for pleasure or my studies knowing she was on TV, I had to turn her on. Luckily she didn't grace any other British / US shows while I was hormonally charged so overall I had an unmarred reading for pleasure education. When it came to a stringent research I would meander down to the local library and like a sponge I'd absorb the classics, business and economic books; I also had the luxury of picking out three books to take homewards - I'd usually opt for Modernism, and Art History as easy reading. Nowadays, libraries have been torn down as a viable source of education and it will stunt education for generation (s) to come. Education comes from browsing in libraries, chance findings, physically available at arms length, all proud and upright, all shapes and sizes, with different strengths of wooden mustiness marinated into the covers - even that flicked my intrigue, you don't get that from an e-reader device.
Just like libraries being stripped unceremoniously from society the same goes with school playing fields, parks, youth clubs, youth groups, everywhere you turn children's / youths outlets are stripped from existence. Their sense of adventure, social interaction has been restrained too such an extent, their only means of expression comes in the form of CPU Gaming, social networking, and mobile apps. They've got no choice. Our idiosyncrasies have paved way to a young generation socially, and educationally malfunctioning; therefore, the concept of reading for pleasure doesn't register let alone be available for children / youths in impoverish areas, or not. This administration has unrelenting failed children and youths during a time we need them the most to succeed, in uncertain times.
There will be a lesser chance that a 'twenty first century Samuel Coleridge' will engage in inspiring contemporary writers in our near future - unless, of course publishing houses successfully embark in tapping into the lucrative gaming market which is designed to engage the child; for example: Perhaps Sonic the Hedgehog collects idioms; maybe a Mario Brother could recite Coleridge's 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' - a hungry Pac-man correcting a maze of text, armed with punctuation. The signs are that through MT (Mobile Technology) 'apps' children are reading via a different means and it is for 'pleasure' - It doesn't replace the library experience by no means but at least the signs are hopeful. The tools are in-place for children to absorb the classics, interact with them in means that was impossible prior the age of digi-ware. What comes with the digital age is a notable detachment from a physical entity - books are more than just a load of text, the physicality of a book is emotive - and that in itself is a reason to pick it up and read it. The emotive formula has been replaced via CPU gaming, instead the child's brain reacts quickly and positively to the colourful interactive graphics than if the child has to read text from a conventional book - without question the device's interactive properties is initially more attractive.
Conventional reading methods won't work as effectively now that the 'multi-media in gaming genie' has leapt out of the CPU gaming lamp onto the myriad of portable devices designed for children and kidults, yet still a book is being published every twenty seconds, they're unlikely to see the school reading list or stand erect on your book case - a huge proportion of them will lounge aimlessly in cyberspace in digital format waiting to be sent to a device, never to see the light of day via a printing press. A part of me is in favour of 'opting for a back to basics' literature incentive in schools whereby 'creative writing' and 'poetry' will prominently be a focus in a child's education, preferably orated by Brian Blessed - although, I doubt the education finances would stretch as far as the Blessed vocal from 'Richard the Third', or a Fry narration of Thomas Hardy or an Edgar Allan Poe. What is required is an awe inspiring boost in English literature to spark up a legacy not dissimilar to what the Olympic Games potentially could do for young Britons. Another part of me disdains from inflicting 'establishment' literature onto children which had been vetted by the governance of Whitehall, the very same establishment that felt it appropriate to re-edit 'Ba Ba Black Sheep', under the umbrella of political correctness. Returning to 'traditional values' comes with a responsibility that poetry, novellas, and English literature must be refrained from being doctored, for the sake of fitting a criteria set by the 'PC' brigade. I will look on suspiciously and hope that the education for our, 'children are allowed to find the poems that fit their voices or appeal to their imaginations and ethical background'. (Simon Armitage).
About five years ago when Jeff Bezos (Founder of Amazon) relayed his plan for the online e-book my heart sank. I knew it was the start of the end for the conventional book, marketing wise. Since then, the e-readers sprung into the market-place accompanied with a fanfare of advertising, meanwhile in the real market-place libraries are decimated from society - the superfluous online library expands - bells and whistles all inclusive; this inadvertently severed children's relationship with books.
It will take a miracle to pull the tide back to when children read for pleasure - even 'King Canute', for all his greatness failed to command the tidal wave of change; it's no different today. In the world of capitalism our innocent children only reflect our greed and absurdities.
Summary: Fortunately for me Victoria Principle appear on my TV screen once a week