Reading Is Still Fundamental … But

It’s a cliché but you still hear people admit they are such avid readers that no breakfast cereal box goes unread around their house. We might say that such a person really likes to read. But if we stop to consider this reading, are we not focusing on the physical act of reading without regard for content or efficacy. As such, the process of scanning over written words with the eyes to, presumably, gain pleasure and pass some time with some sort of structure, seems to suggest a benign form of autism. Consider when an insistence on reading soup can labels is indistinguishable from ADHD.

But when we speak of someone being “well-read” we are not counting the boxes of cereal or the cans of soup, are we? Reading is not just a physical process to be enjoyed: it must be considered in relation to the content of the text being read.

Continue reading “Reading Is Still Fundamental … But”