We are a nation of scrollers not readers, and tech billionaires are to blame

An article in The Guardian’s opinion section argues that we (in the UK) are a nation of scrollers rather than readers, and that the blame for this lies at the door of the tech billionaires, (see https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/08/nation-scrollers-readers-read-netflix-twitter-books-mark-zuckerberg).

Its very easy to blame others for one’s own shortcomings methinks . . .

2 thoughts on “We are a nation of scrollers not readers, and tech billionaires are to blame

  1. Donna W. Hill

    Kevin,

    Me thinks you are right. My problem with assigning blame is this. If it’s someone else’s fault, then my hands are tied. I need to make that person or group change. I’m in a one-down position, especially if it’s the ultra rich whom I need to change. No thanks.

    I agree that modern society, whether in Britain or the US, is full of scrollers, but that’s just part of the broader situation. We have all given up countless skills and freedoms to the ultra rich. Most of us can’t bake our own bread, fix a leaky pipe, and a thousand other things that we are willing to pay for – often on credit cards that we end up paying only the minimum on.

    I heard a report on the national news tonight about new classes in “adulting” specifically designed for millennials. Things like home economics, carpentry, budgeting and balancing a check book, which once were taught in school, have been dropped from the modern curricula, leaving young adults at a loss as to how to function in the real world. I’m sure that the ultra rich are tickled pink that fewer people understand finances or how to think in general. Nonetheless, we’re just letting it happen. Oh well, end of rant.

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks for your interesting perspective, Donna. Its concerning to read that classes are being offered in “adulting”. However, if people lack these skills (such as being able to balance a cheque book/their finances) then, sadly such courses are necessary. Enjoy your Sunday. Best wishes – Kevin

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