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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Yesterday I read the least informative sentence I've ever seen in the pages of The New York Times, in an article on the purported effects of a decline in reading by people:
The data also showed that students who read for fun nearly every day performed better on reading tests than those who reported reading never or hardly at all.
I can't blame this all on the writer, since the story merely paraphrases a report that apparently spends 99 pages stating the obvious. But there's still no excuse for failing to provide a perspective on the report's findings. I mean, why waste the paper?

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e_compass_rosa From: e_compass_rosa Date: November 20th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, that whole report was a big No Duh for me too.
jakemacalister From: jakemacalister Date: November 21st, 2007 02:17 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
We talked about this article in teaching circle (don't ask, my friend calls it circle jerk--the contract and GA's get to get together to talk comp shop). I remember when I was laughed at in 2000 when I said that the reading the students were doing wasn't the same as lit. That sentence seems to indicate the collison of journalism and science prose. Yikes.
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