Google boss worries about the future of reading
Google boss Eric Schmidt is worried that kids will lose the skill of reading for comprehension and deep understanding as they increasingly use devices rather than actual books.
Schmidt, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, said: "The one that I do worry about is the question of 'deep reading'. As the world looks to these instantaneous devices... you spend less time reading all forms of literature, books, magazines and so forth,"
He said this could have an effect on cognition, according to AFP.
He was more cheerful about the impact of gaming on kids which he reckons improves strategic reasoning, "navigational reasoning" and hand-eye coordination.
Schmidt declined to detail what or how exactly the company is negotiating with China. ®
I've been to Reading, we should be worried.
Google's reading everything for us anyhow.
Of f**k off!
I am more worried about a world my kids will grow up in dominated by a company so overbearing that they will soon own the "common" internet and have enough power to build their own private internet!
This bullshit from a bloke who trotted out the tired old mantra, "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear from Google."
I encourage my kids to learn to read, but more importantly I encourage them to think for themselves. Reading is a skill it can be learned as required. Thinking individual thoughts has to be developed from an early age, very hard to develop later on in life when you're more set in your ways or brain-washed by corps like GOOGLE!!!
It might help
If he didnt make up a nonsense word for the name of his company!
"Daddy, what's a google?"
"Sounds like the sort of word a complete n*bhead would make up."
Reading's hard and hurts my brain!
People are lazy and don't read. No news there. You can see the result of this on Youtube, where people will happily spend 10mins listening to some random nobody talk at a webcam, but would never dream of reading the same waffle on random nobody's blog.
Anyways, I had a really good analysis of this story. But no-one would bother reading it because it was more than a paragraph long and didn't end in a joke.
Icon, because a pretty picture is easier than reading a categorised summary.