What Has Happened to Reading

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Katrina Jackson
ENC1101
What has happened to reading?
January 21, 2013

What Has Happened to Reading

In my opinion reading is fading more and more each day, in today’s society people are reading less and less, looking for ways around it and don’t see the point in reading anymore. Saying what is the point why should I read when I can go see the movie, or by the audio version of the book and get the same information in less time and takes a lot less effort. In this essay I will attempt to show why I personally think that even with today’s technologies reading books, magazines, etc. the old fashioned way is still important.

One of the main reasons that I think that reading the old fashioned way is more important today in our society where we have the technology at are fingertips. This is because when you take the time to read you observe much more than if you were to go buy or rent the audio version or even trying to get the movie. When you read with every word you are able to absorb the information and use your own imagination to picture the story as you think that the author is trying to describe it, and try to place yourself in the story. Also if you do not know what a word means you may be more incline to continue reading to find out the meaning or sometimes even go as far as to go get a dictionary and look the word up.

If you do not know what a word means you are likely to be curious and find a way to figure out the meaning. Which brings me to my next point. Weather you look it up in a dictionary, or on Google, or even ask someone. When you read you are also learning as you go along. Even if it is just one or two words in the whole book that you did not know you learn those one or two words. You have increased you knowledge by reading just one book, that ultimately you can pass on to someone else and increase their knowledge as well. Just think about it. Have you ever went to the movies and herd the actor say something that you didn’t know...
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