We have long heard about the various benefits and values reading can have for people. Besides for the obvious ones like being enlightened about whatever subject one might be reading about, the activity can of course also help someone be informed and educated even outside of the confines of a school setting.
Ken Kurson, as a journalist and editor with decades of experience, believes that the future of journalism and more is going to continue the trend toward being virtual. In other words, this pattern and trend will in no way be limited to reading in a context of leisure.
As we’ve seen with the Coronavirus pandemic, even teaching for grade-school, whether from lower school up to the university level, teaching instructors have effectively transitioned to conducting their classes and teaching in a virtual structure. Some have used technological devices and tools such as Zoom or Google Meet in order to effectively communicate with their students. These devices and programs also provide them with the opportunity to show students screens, no different than showing students within a classroom, a blackboard.
Although of course nobody could have forecasted this pandemic, the transition from in-person to virtual learning has taught us a lot about the direction society is heading toward when it comes to taking advantage of the value of technology, to ensure a more safe environment – especially given the social distancing measures that countries and their states and locales have implemented in the last few months since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic.
But the popularity of reading for leisure especially when it comes to the perspective of younger people has been diminished severely over time. There is absolutely no reason for this to be the case. In fact, we would strongly recommend there be a properly coordinated influencer campaign that seeks to communicate the values of reading and encourage more scholarly engagement to young people.
Depending on their backgrounds, young people are more inclined to listen to people they hold in high esteem and respect. And their backgrounds dictate
Ken Kurson created Book and Film Globe in order to help contribute to a renewed interest in literature and reading, more generally. Book and Film Globe has been able to successfully generate an incredibly loyal readership in a relatively short period of time.
The values of reading need to be considered and also taught to folks regardless of age, ethnicity or background. With the obsession people have to their various technological devices, unfortunately reading has taken a backseat in too many situations, to all else. Between the iPad, iPhone, MacBook, computers, laptops, television and all else, it’s rare to see people even go to a bookstore any longer!
Going to a bookstore is an experience that used to be treasured by people. Families would use it as an opportunity to spend some precious time with their children during the weekends and breaks from school. But that’s no longer the case. Of course, the reason for this doesn’t merely have to do with the “dumbing down” of society that so many have cited. It also has to do with the fact that there are so many alternative avenues for people to obtain access to books. Technology has created opportunities; but with that, there have been challenges that have arisen as well. But there needs to be a more renewed focus on reading. There needs to be a movement to enlighten and reawaken the public of this fact.