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.