Reading and writing will still matter

The current fashion on news web sites is lashings of colour photos and little text. Websites are going through the same change that print went through 70 years ago. Just because colour photos have now become cheap and easy to display then we should have as many of them as possible — let words go hang.

The fashion will go, but only when the news media get a better hang of the wider market — that is, when, finally, sales of newspapers stop declining and stabilise. That is, when it is fully recognized that what is actually happening in the advanced countries is an increasingly deep division between the majority of dumbed down jobs — in which people have little need to read and write at all — certainly not to write — and a minority of increasingly specialised jobs for which precise reading and writing is more important than ever.

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