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The internet is not killing reading

Digital technology is actually fuelling a love of literature

By Frank Furedi  
Talk of a crisis in reading has a long history

Talk of a crisis in reading has a long history

Since the 1950s discussions on the future of reading frequently draw on the rhetoric of crisis. With the emergence of the internet the narrative of anxiety that dominates this discussion has acquired an increasingly pessimistic dimension. Technophobes frequently contend that the arrival of digital media has reduced attention spans, leading to despair about the “end of the book” and the “death of the reader.” Some experts go so far as to…

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