“Why Kim Kardashian Can’t Write Good”: A Tale of Two Cultures

John McWhorter on the New Normal and why we have to just get used to it:

Today, texting—essentially talking with your fingers—is increasingly preferred to the more writerly activity of email. Most people would rather listen than read—note the popularity of the e-book. These things are tokens of a new era; we cannot go back.

After all, Kardashian is the norm. Most human beings worldwide would rather talk than read. Reading and writing are late inventions in the human story; widespread literacy in most places is only a few centuries old.

For a completely different take on literacy (and “normality”), see Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows.

The whole article.


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