There’s been a bit of news about the recent NEA study, “Reading At Risk,” which found that only about half of Americans read books.
Compare that to this interesting First Monday piece about the shift from print culture to Internet culture: The mentality Of Homo interneticus: Some Ongian postulates by Michael H. Goldhaber
Conclusion: People are starting to think–and exist–in new ways. The new culture emphasizes novelty, originality and brevity of presentation, and the formation of communities of like-minded individuals. In-depth analysis, careful thought, and reflection all get short shrift.