Posted by: thebylog | January 25, 2005

The Domino Effect

So Norman Mailer thinks that the modern institution of television is perhaps the reason American young people are struggling, in comparison to their peers in other countries, with education. It’s an interesting hypothesis, and one that makes sense. Specifically, he asserts that commercials – which break concentration with their frequency and histrionics – have led to a decline in the attention span of children. This has resulted in a generation which eschews reading, which he claims is the most important factor in determining a society’s capacity to learn.



  1. Evidence that even a crackpot can occasionally have an idea that makes sense.


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