As modes of communication shift from reading text to other forms (e.g., visual images), will any efficiency gained from that transition be offset by the loss of something which will be beyond recovery? Will there be a break in the continuity from the past which may turn out to be not only undesirable, but also irreversible? If the role of reading in the future diminishes, will that have any adverse effect on how we perceive ourselves, our world, and our future? Will it affect (or even impair) our thought processes and how we learn? And what about relationships with our leaders? Are we headed towards a 'Brave New World' where the masses will not only be discouraged from reading, but encouraged to depend on leaders to do their thinking for them?:
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