‘Steve Jobs: “People Don’t Read Anymore.”‘
The above was a response to a search for “Do people read?” a search based on my belief that fewer people read books. The first set of responses I got were that reading has increased astronomically from 1945 until now that appeared among headers about self publishing reminding me of a disagreement with a friend about to publish a book last year who was adamant that he knows a lot of people who read. I argued that I was basing my opinion that fewer people are reading on my experience at University of Toronto libraries. When I was a student I always had to line up to check out books: today I never see anyone checking out books at any time of year, even at the automated book checkout machines.
For some years I’ve seen few individuals at the numerous reading/study carrels on any floor of the multi-floored stacks while the main floor computers always seemed occupied.
From a personal perspective I’ve come to believe that the only reason to read is the desire to know something, despite those big posters with athletes grinning books in hand implying that even non academics read because reading’s fun. I recall a teacher saying that what we study or read should offer an answer to a question that a reader or student might bring to their studies or to the books they are reading.
Today, June, 27, 2013; a BNN broadcaster informed me that Suncor was Canada’s biggest diversified energy company. And I didn’t believe him. And many perhaps weren’t paying attention, or many simply believed that Suncor is a Canadian company ( though it left Sunoco in 1995 a descendant of Sun Oil, & currently sells Petro Canada products, and leads the way in mining the tar sands) because TV broadcasters know more than their audience, or maybe no one cares that Suncor is really a metamorphosis of America’s Sun Oil Company that took over Canada’s Crown Corporation Petro Canada in August 2009.
Anyone wishing to know how Mr. George, originally from Colorado, managed to purchase Canada’s Crown Corporation Petro Canada for Suncor should read Mr. George’s book Sunrise.
Both without privilege,
Without the means
To comprehend the
Calamity that engulfs them.
Each believes the other is the blight that consumes them,
The other that no mirror could conceive.
In the early years of free trade the income tax was needed to replenish government funds lost with the diminishing of tariff income.
…A proposed tax on imports is central to the GOP plan to lower the overall corporate tax rate. It would generate about $1 trillion over the next decade to finance the lower rates without adding to the deficit…
Way back in August 2015 when Donald Trump did his first Republican debate a PBS journalist commentator dismissed Trump as not a serious candidate but later absolved himself by confessing that he hadn’t been associating with real people(the Clinton “deplorables”), the “angry white men” who eventually made Donald Trump President Trump. Now after nearly two years of negative journalism, news organizations copying each others’ efforts to destroy the American candidate, now the President of the United States of America, avowed right-winger Rush Limbaugh is surprised that some of his fellow right wingers believe the “Russian narrative”.
But Mr. Limbaugh as a media critic may have overlooked the power media gains over the minds that are within its range through endless repetition of its depictions of Mr. Trump as arch-villain. He should know that finding a way of avoiding mind numbing mass media assaults by journalist soldiers directed by generals of human psychology could permit more independent thinking. Recently I came to the conclusion that commenters to online news stories may be a better source of real, unique information than the writers of the media stories themselves.
This morning I’m again seeing mention of my old March 21, 2017 post titled “Comey Testimony”, which contained a link to a transcript of Mr. Comey’s March 20, 2017 congressional interview. The second Comey testimony that I was aware of occurred on May 5, 20017 and was clarified by fellow FBI agents’ letter to congress stating that the FBI head had overstated the number of emails that led to his re-opening the Hilary Clinton email probe a few weeks before the November 9, 2016 election. The third and most recent took place last week, and which everything I read online or saw about it on television seemed intended to further injure President Trump’s credibility but which revealed that Attorney General Lynch had made Director Comey feel “queasy” by advising him to call the investigation of the Clinton emails a matter and not an investigation, a matter that Democrat Feinstein thinks congress should investigate.