Champion of Techno-revolution Sees Web Bringing Culture to Kitchen Table

In “Three Tweets for the Web,” GMU economics professor Tyler Cowen argues that the decline of the book does not spell the end of literacy.  It’s just “part of a broader shift toward short and to the point.”

Cowen pooh-poohs the assumption that reliance on the Web is shortening attention spans; he sees it as a tool that allows people to follow stories over time and “with greater specialization.”

Once we had a “long-distance relationship” with culture, but technology has turned it into marriage “in the sense that it now enters our lives in an established flow, creating a better and more regular daily state of mind.”


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