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|Showing me or telling me? Succinct or verbose. (14/01/22 09:15:23)||Reply|
I think Fravia's supermarket marketing essay could serve as an introduction for adults. But the real worry is that the structure threatens the ability of children to developing a long attention span, or real understanding of written, non-illustrated text. How many twelve-to-fifteen-year-olds are big consumers of books nowadays compared to, say the 1960s? And - as a control: What do animated movies and computer games give as replacement for the internal pictures obtained through reading Huckleberry Finn, or Treasure Island?
Methinks the power games played at the physical supermarket are not the frontline any more.
|Re: Showing me or telling me? Succinct or verbose. (16/01/22 06:44:58)||Reply|
Supermarket is still a kata imo.
|Re: Rare breed (16/01/22 08:52:16)||Reply|
I would love to have a generation of politicians and administrators who really could take in and understand large amounts of information and have sensible discussions about it with the authors - and build compromises between competing ambitions and needs. Only then can we have policies that are agreeable to all reasonable people, and that are needed to solve all the difficult dilemmas presented by overpopulation, climate changes and unfair distribution of wealth.
|Re: Showing me or telling me? Succinct or verbose. (17/01/22 15:59:17)||Reply|
Now if you take my second language - English - it's a complete mess. Poor relation between the written and spoken language. And you can add to it the ridiculous dialects the natives speak. So a big lot of the English speaking world cannot read. Also add to it the spirit of Orwell and Huxley. There is a language for the masses, and another one for the few chosen ( at least in the UK ). Try to read something from the undiscribable Daily Mail ( even a headline ). Compare it to The Times.
So actually a big portion of the British population are functional illiterate. They don't read their own ( internationally respected ) literature, they rarely read world literature translated to English ( Mika Waltari, Panait Istrati, Robert Merle, all the russians, about nobody at all ). They don't keep books in their homes. Also they seems to be less sensitive to plain propaganda.
And regardless of this both populations - the one with high level of literacy and the one with a shameful one - produces about the same level of intelligence when voting for political parties, making decisions.
So probably just the ability to read isn't relevant to the ability to form intelligent thoughts. See also
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