The Death of Reading (or, Worrying about the Wrong Things). CANCELLED

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 4:30 PM
Room: F206
Wendy GRISWOLD , Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
"The Death of Reading (or, Worrying about the Wrong Things)"

In a digital world, scholars and the general public have both assumed and misunderstood the death of reading, especially leisure reading of print media.  Research on young, highly educated digital natives from the developing and the developed world (Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Malawi, Botswana, Kyrgyzstan, the United States, China, and Japan) suggests that a persistent reading class is reproducing itself and is retaining a preference for print over screens.  This paper reviews these findings and considers their implications for the future mediascape.