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Reading in the Time of Cyberspace (Part One)

Posted on June 12, 2012 at 4:35 AM


As a mother, I shiver at the thought of seeing my very own children howl with the jargon kids normally learn in the confines of PC gaming centers. Of course, at times, I marvel at how skillful these very young children are in mastering a different kind of a game-a virtual game at that. The problem, however, is that with only their psychomotor skills developed, I wonder how they would appreciate a rather subtle, more refined and rageless way of entertaining themselves, which is reading.

It can never be denied that this age is one of information and entertainment. People, kids and adults alike, get hooked on computers and other cyberspace brouhaha because they want to be both informed and entertained. Reading at present, although informative and entertaining as it is, already pales in comparison to the popularity of PC’s,various apps, and other visual-virtual gadgets.

Obviously, reading can’t be compared to a touch-pad game or to surfing the net. Neither going on-line nor exchanging ideas with other people around the globe through chatrooms, skype,twitter, and emails can match the pleasure and fulfillment one derives from reading. However, no matter how beautifully repackaged reading is nowadays,many people would still reason out that reading is simply not cut out for them. They are either too busy or too quizzed out to find time for reading. Although reading is a form of entertainment, it also requires concentration unlike online games which require nothing but meaningless physical agility. This is primarily the reason why reading now is often relegated to the back row. Unlike online games, reading is an activity that offers a reward that cannot be reaped instantaneously and unconditionally. One only gets rewarded if he does the job required-to think, to imagine, to create.

 

 

Categories: Reading, Education, Applied Linguistics

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