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My impression is the exact opposite: I see people reading and debating more than ever thanks to the internet. I think thanks to the internet we are in a golden era of literacy, but we just don't notice it because we're too busy complaining with other highly-literate people on highly debate-focussed websites such at this one about the more obvious non-literary manifestations of popular culture.

One need only look as far as Reddit to see that HN is highly unusual in this respect.

People were plenty stupid before the Internet. It was just hidden before, now it's all out in the open.

Let's just see what happens next - remember, we're only about three to four years into a fully online society :)

Stupid is one thing. Disinterested in reading is my primary concern.

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