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A Is for Ox: The Collapse of Literacy and the Rise of Violence in an Electronic Age Paperback – Sep 26 1995
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"A brilliant, disturbing reflection on the collapsing moral order of post-modern America. If literacy is the wellspring of selfhood, as Sanders makes clear, our aggressive, image-addicted society is unwittingly committing cultural suicide."--Mike Davis
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Especially interesting as a parent is the neurological explanation of why we should be telling our children stories, reading in the home, reading with them, and giving them the opportunity to generate their own images instead of feeding them premade ones on TV, in films and video games.
Our addiction to modern technology and media- far from enhancing our interactions with each other, as may be popularly believed- is isolating us from each other and creating situations where human contact seemingly no longer has much meaning or influence. The extrapolation of this scenario leads to frightening conclusions. It is through being able to reflect and think for ourselves, capacities that are brought about through literacy, that we can contribute to our collective humanity.
I cannot say enough about what this book has done for my understanding of this topic. I read it 2 years ago now, and I am still gaining new insights from it.