Here's just one provocative paragraph:
Watching several young teenagers, my nieces, nephews and their friends and their use of online media I’m horrified at what it’s leading to. The sales pitch of lap tops in the schools, of online access was that it was supposed to provide children (and adults) with a hugely expanded source of important information. What I’m seeing is that it is the worst of TV raised to a staggering power.The comments for this post are especially thoughtful and thought-provoking. I would add, also, that I totally agree there has been a decline in many young people's ability to navigate the English language. Not all of them are so hobbled by the vastly impoverished offerings in American elementary schools, however. My school-age grandchildren are wonderful writers and readers (though one says he "hates English,") and they are at the same time highly media-savvy. But they have been exposed from the cradle not only to the best writing in children's stories but also the best in books and magazines their parents have left around in the house.