I grew up an avid reader, particularly fond of 1930s pulp authors like HP Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs , and a host of others whose fantastic works were relegated to the pages of magazines aimed at that days youth. They were not considered serious writtings at the time, just a way for kids to while away the hours on a lazy summers day. Today, such writtings would be unapproachable by most young adults. I enjoy reading letters from the civil and revolutionary war and am struck at just how articulate some of the young men were, many without any formal education. I compare these letters and literary works to what we find leaving today's battlefileds and I am honestly shocked at how far we have fallen. While this issue started well before the dawn of the information age, I believe the internet has accelerated the problem. Its no longer seen as a value to know anything, the opinion of the greatest minds in any field and on any subject are just a google search away. There is no reason to aquire the knowledge for ones self when they can get a limited understanding from a dumbed down synopsis found online. Another reason is the focus on social engineering and indoctrination in lieu of a focus on literacy. Students today know how to protect themselves during anal sex but seem to not be able to write an articulate thought more than 126 characters. Its sad to see how far we have fallen.
Not sure what the solution is, if there is one to be found. Its just amazing to me how much more literate people were only a couple of generations ago.